“The Post” attempts high-stakes drama with history

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” recalls a pivotal time in 1971 when Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) invokes the First Amendment right to freedom of the press while publishing top secret government conspiracy papers in The Washington Post.  Despite threats of jail time and bankruptcy, Graham stands by her paper and the reporting.

While the First Amendment may be important here, it’s actually Graham’s role in history that strikes a weightier chord.  Unfortunately, the narrative doesn’t make the significance as apparent as it should.  It becomes necessary for Tony Bradlee (Sarah Paulson, wasted here) to spell it out.  Her job isn’t just to make it clear for her husband Ben (Tom Hanks) within the context of the movie, but for the audience as well.  And, if a movie can’t make its own point without utilizing a character for this purpose, then how successful has it really been?

“The Post” certainly attempts to create high-stakes drama and lays out the history well.  In fact, the film relies heavily on an alternating blue/yellow color palette to this end.  For more about “The Post” and how these colors are used specifically, take a look below:

 

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MEGAN LEAVEY Review & Analysis

Kate Mara stars in Megan Leavey as the title character, a US Marine who serves heroically with her military service dog, Rex.  After Megan leaves the Marines, she begins petitioning to adopt Rex upon his own retirement from the Corps.  The film emphasizes themes of love, friendship and loyalty.

Megan Leavey also stars Tom Felton, Ramon Rodriguez, Common, Edie Falco, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton.  It was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

For more about the themes in Megan Leavey and what it has in common with Dirty Dancing and Grease, take a look below:

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GET OUT Review & Analysis

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a movie in disguise.  Watching the trailer or reading Get Out‘s official synopsis, it’s officially a horror/mystery movie about a boyfriend who visits his girlfriend’s mysterious family.  In fact, the entire climax of the movie supports that assertion.  Upon closer analysis, however, it’s much more than that.  Every bit of this film, written and directed by Peele, is rife with political and social commentary.

Peele’s directorial debut net him the superlative of highest-grossing feature-length debut for a writer/director of an original screenplay.  (The Blair Witch Project has held this distinction since 1999.)  Get Out‘s success shows movies can span multiple genres and more importantly, it transformed a minefield of a topic into entertainment.  This is a movie to watch, analyze, and then re-watch.

Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, LilRel Howery, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Lakeith Stanfield.

For more about Get Out (with spoilers) take a look below:

 

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