Historically, the New York Times was the newspaper that first obtained the 7,000-page top-secret study of the Vietnam War and revealed secrets 4 presidents has been hiding about the political-military involvement of the United States in the Vietnam war. And thus it would be obvious to some, that when a film maker decides to take the story on-screen The New York Times should be the hero. Nevertheless Steven Spielberg was interested in Kathrine Graham’s evolution.
Kathrine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper. She was perceived by her own board members as not worthy and that the death of her husband is the only reason of her being in this position. In her autobiography she admits to lack of confidence and distrust in her own knowledge. Moreover, at the time of the scandal The Washington post company has just been launched to the stock market and any legal challenge shall cause investors to retract destroying the company.
On the other hand, her editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee was obsessed by changing the paper’s stand from local to national, so when Nixon’s restraining order blocked publishing, he saw the opportunity to step in the big leagues.
Graham stood up to all board members, lawyers and financial investors and gave the green light to run the story that started a new era for The Washington post.
Later, The Washington post reveals the watergate Scandal.
The atmosphere of mystery and suspense added to the movie, needless to mention the stunning performances of the great Tom Hanks and the legendary Meryl Streep in their first collaboration, made it very exciting to watch.
The two unforgettable scenes for me are:
– The phone call between Ben Bradlee, the corporate advisors and Graham, that was brilliantly written and executed to reflect the emotions of all the call parties and engage the viewers in the dilemma.
– During the brief meeting in Graham’s house before printing, that moment when Katherine reconfirm her decision and stand up for herself.
The scenes showing the news room, the old printing techniques were very interesting in my opinion. I also loved the slightly desaturated image it helped set the mood of the 70’s when the movie events took place.
I was also thrilled to know that:
– In all of the scenes depicting President Nixon on the phone in the Oval Office, Nixon’s actual voice is heard from White House tapes.
– The movie was written by Liz Hanna, and Josh Singer, the later is known for cowriting Spotlight (2015) another award winning movie about investigative journalism.
-It is also the 1st collaboration between Meryl Streep and director Steven Spielberg.
Finally, It is one of the best movies of 2017, nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress in leading role Academy Awards.