In 1971 the New York Times and Washington Post become aware of top secret documents that tarnish America’s involvement and action in Vietnam. Nixon bears the full weight of the Government upon them, forcing a crucial battle for press freedom.
Steven Spielberg’s latest has many things going for it. In terms of subject matter, it takes a true story and fashions two currently important issues into the theme. Freedom of the press from a President who uses his office against it and women being treated as equals. Spielberg then brings iconic actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep together for the first time ever as Washington Post Editor and Owner and surrounds them with a fantastic supporting cast including Sarah Paulson, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford and Bruce Greenwood.
But despite all of this it never got my blood pumping. The story is weighty, worthy and well acted but it has so much competition from films such as All the President’s Men and Spotlight that being good isn’t quite good enough.