When it comes to movies like The Post, I'm convinced that critics make up their minds that it's one of the best films of the year before they even see it, based on ingredients and subject matter alone. Yes, it's clearly a well made film by legendary director Steven Spielberg. And yes, the ensemble cast is made up of acting heavyweights like Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, so of course the acting is good. And yes, it's very timely, as it recaps the conflict between journalists and government during the Nixon administration, as the Washington Post uncovers damning information regarding a government cover-up about the war in Vietnam. It's no secret that Spielberg made this film quickly as his patriotic duty to wage war on our current President and his conflict with journalists. So the politics are quite obvious here. But whether you agree with Spielberg's agenda or not, it's clear to me that this is a very good film, but nothing that hasn't been done before with many other investigative journalism films. I really liked it. I just think it's a bit overrated. Spotlight was much more engaging, with an even better ensemble of actors.
Who is this movie for? If you liked All the Presidents Men, you'll like this. It's basically a prequel to it.