“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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A review and analysis of FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. It’s the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. The movie stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.

Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins in a movie of the same name.  She’s a wealthy woman who wants to be a singer, despite her terrible voice.  Meryl Streep is always good, but this movie really belongs to Hugh Grant.  The love his character, St Clair Bayfield, felt for Florence was apparent in every scene.  This is perhaps the most real that Hugh Grant has ever been on screen.

The set decoration and costume departments also stood out with their use of rich textiles such as raw silk and chenille.  The movie was lush with textures.

The movie poses itself as a lesson in adversity, Florence against the world in her quest to perform despite her vocal shortcomings.  However, she has been completely insulated from the truth of her singing voice by her husband, friends and teachers.  Can she really be considered brave when she doesn’t know what’s a bad singer?

For more details about themes, symbolism and eagle eye details to watch for in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, take a look below…



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