What makes Steven Spielberg so amazing is the fact that he can make almost any story great. Some of his best films are among my all-time favorites, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Color Purple,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Saving Private Ryan,” which won a well-deserved Best Director statuette from the Academy.
With his latest drama, “The Post,’ Spielberg re-teams with Oscar-winner Tom Hanks for a based-on-a-true-life story that looks at a pre-Watergate scandal involving President Richard Nixon and how he misled the public during the Vietnam War.
Hanks’s co-star is perennial Oscar-nominee Meryl Streep who portrays Kay Graham, the tough publisher of the Washington Post. She is looked at differently because she is a woman with authority. The pair share great on-screen chemistry like they are old friends catching up on the day’s work.
Hanks is a great go-to actor for roles of any type. He does just fine as Ben Bradlee, the managing editor who oversees the day-to-day dealings of the newspaper that covers events in Washington D.C. and the world. Hanks already has two best actor Oscars for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” He works on projects that keep him relevant in today’s world. Honestly, I don’t see him embracing anything in the superhero realm anytime soon.
Streep, as usual, is aces in her portrayal of Graham, who essentially runs the newspaper she used to share with her late husband. The supporting cast shines as well. This includes Bob Odenkirk, whose character states he always wanted to be part of a small rebellion. Also amazing in her part is Sarah Paulson as Tony, Ben’s wife and confidante.
I have a feeling this one might be front and center in this year’s Oscar race.
I could be wrong, however, since Spielberg’s 1985 gem, “The Color Purple,” was completely shut out of the win column. So you know, it was nominated for 11 Oscars but did not land a single win.
Another predicament is that a newspaper movie just won best picture honors for last year’s amazing true-life tale “Spotlight.” The trouble is, the awards do not always go to the right persons or entities. Regardless, this is a movie one needs to see in a theater. Yes, it is that good.