On the surface, a movie about a group of people who run a newspaper decided whether or not to publish a story sounds rather dull. But as we follow the story of the Washington Post deciding whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers, we are pulled into a decision where it seems not only the fate of the free press but the fate of the country hangs in the balance.
I will watch just about anything with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and these two held up their reputations for superb acting. There were parts that felt a little slow, yet throughout the whole movie the tension was building in a palpable way. In a movie based on a true story this is no easy feat, as anyone with historical and political knowledge knows how the story turns out. So it is extra impressive that I was still on the edge of my seat towards the end, excited to see how it turned out.
It was interesting to see a story from a different time that still has parallels with today's world. The struggles of a woman in charge of a business in 1970 mirror some women still face today. The struggle between freedom of the press and the public's right to know against the need for national security mirrors battles we still fight today. One the one hand society has come a long way sine that time, and on the other, we still have a long way to go.
Overall this movie was enjoyable, and I highly recommend!