“To make this decision, to risk her fortune and the company that's been her entire life, well I think that's brave”
The triumph of The Post lies in its ability of showing different faces of bravery to us.
While Spotlight excelled in giving us a colleague- next desk perspective on the nuances of investigative journalism , 'The Post' takes us a few desks aside towards the corner office where the decision of ‘Go Ahead’ is instated.
While both embody bravery of putting a lot at stake, ‘The Post’ takes us closer to the understated bravado of taking decisions which do not have repercussions on just own life, but on institutions and peoples’ livelihoods associated with them.
When you have been told for long that you are not good enough, you slowly start believing it. Spielberg gives enough screen time to establish the bubble of conflict created by people around Kay Graham ( Meryl Streep ) making her lament in private but putting up a brave face in public by saying ‘ Thank you for your frankness’ .
With some fine cinematic moments – be it the choice of words shown on the printing press, the shaking building and the frame of the light bulb as a metaphor for the power of fourth estate or the shot when Streep proclaims that ‘We have made our statement’ and walks amidst girls whose silent awe and wonder speaks volumes – much more than an exuberant speech with stirring words would have.
It is an important movie for more reasons than one. The independence of the journalistic needle with the ink of their choice is as relevant in contemporary times as much as breaking the barriers of quotidian gender bias. After all, if Journalism is the first rough draft of history, Cinema is its well-deserved #spielberg #cinema #hanks #streep