15 April 2024

Bluray Review – The Post (2017)

The Post was a real mixed bag for me. I was totally interested in the first 40-50mins of the movie, it’s kind of sloppily put together and a lot of the characters names just blur together making the story hard to follow. But towards the end it seems to refine itself, focusing on its most interesting characters and aspects for what’s actually a really compelling and interesting story.

The cast and their performances are as good as you’d expect and the cinematography is as Steven Spielberg as ever. The score, unfortunately, despite being Williams, feels slightly uninspired and uninteresting. It’s not particularly memorable and is definitely one of his weaker compositions. As I touched on earlier as well, the editing feels a little hastily put together at the beginning as well and the story lacks cohesion until the last hour or so.

When it picks up, however, I did find myself invested in the story. It’s a really fascinating battle between a freedom of the press and governmental secrecy. I’m not certain it’s a story that perhaps needed to be told on the big screen but regardless it’s interesting enough to keep you engaged.

But that’s just my two-cents. It’s not hard to see why critics would be so enamoured with this. But as a more ‘standard’ movie-goer I’d say it’s entertaining enough to keep you interested but lacking in cohesion at points.

Peter Fletcher

Drama, History | USA, 2017 | 12 | 21st May 2018 (Blu-ray, UK) | eOne UK | Dir.Steven Spielberg | Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood

Special Features

  • Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee and The Washington Post
  • Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post
  • The Style Section: Recreating an Era
  • Stop the Presses: Filming The Post
  • Arts and Entertainment: Music for The Post

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