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Old 02-22-2018, 06:49 PM
 
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It was great. And I recommend it to everyone - especially anyone who cares about knowledge, politics, history, courage, and/or the First Amendment. It covers only the brief time in the early 1970s when the Washington Post became a major journalistic force during the Pentagon Papers uproar. It has superb performances by Meryl Streep (of course) and Tom Hanks as the publisher/editor, and does a terrific job of pulling everything together: Ellsberg's theft of the top-secret material, the Post's uncertain financial situation, the raring-to-go reportorial staff, the uncertainty about the consequences of publishing after the injunction against the New York Times. But it's not just informative - it's fun, with a lot of humor, and it's a nice reminder of the importance of journalism at its best.

It's true that Jason Robards better resembled Ben Bradlee, and it's true that "All The President's Men" managed to be more suspenseful, but this is still excellent. The biggest flaw is that, for anyone seriously interested, it doesn't do a good enough job of identifying everyone, but it still works really well.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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I saw it last month iirc and thought it was mediocre at best. Typical Oscar-bait film.
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Old Yesterday, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Watched it last night, and I really enjoyed it. Acting was superb.
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Old Today, 02:23 PM
 
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Streep was excellent--especially since Graham has to transition from woman unused to exercising power over not just HER business but over men she has always deferred to in the past

But I thought Hanks was not very good--
He just didn't come across to me as powerful and charismatic as the real Bradley--whom I have seen in videos from that era and later...
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