To further emphasize how Hollywood has become out of touch with the regular folks who buy its movie tickets comes Steven Spielberg’s latest flick, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as "hero" journalists taking on a corrupt White House.
The Post follows the true story of Katharine Graham, played by Streep, who becomes the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post, in the 1970s, and its editor Ben Bradlee, played by Hanks, “as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.”
Since the release of the trailer, the film’s subject matter has been hailed as “timely” by Collider. Celebrity gossipist Perez Hilton raved: “Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks take on the fake White House… Ch-ch-check out the trailer for the film Donald Trump will undoubtedly retitle ‘FAKE NEWS: THE MOVIE.’” Esquire says it’s the “first important movie of the Trump era” and adds:
The timing is perfect. The announcement of Spielberg's The Post came as the reality of a Donald Trump Presidency was already threatening the basic cores of our democracy — the freedom of press and the First Amendment… And now, on the anniversary on the 2016 Election, Spielberg has shared the first trailer for The Post — a tense thriller with Oscar hopes that prods the Trump Administration.”
Salon calls The Post “the first great accidental anti-Trump film,” adding:
While, no, Steven Spielberg's "The Post" was not developed specifically as a response to the way the administration of President Donald Trump has cast journalists and the media at large as the enemies of the American people, you could certainly be forgiven for thinking it was.
Salon compared the current president with Richard Nixon, saying, “[he] like Trump, has attacked and forestalled the efforts of the free press constantly and consistently.”
So, get ready for another anti-Trump lecture this holiday movie season.