DATELINE: Movie Review
Back in the days of the Nixon Administration, journalism became elevated to the career and mission of national guardian, and you had movies like All the President’s Men about Woodward and Bernstein, starring Hoffman and Redford.
Today, with fake news all the buzz, you have an attempt to recreate the nostalgia of journalism in The Post-Watergate movie in the era of Stormy Daniels and James Comey.
Hence, you have The Post with two actors of note, exceptions as targets in the crosshairs of President Trump: Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
The Post is the name of the newspaper that is most maligned nowadays by Sarah Huckaboo Slanders in her daily briefings at the White House. It is also the name of a movie that tries to redeem journalism.
You’d have better luck collecting a nickel for your empty beer bottle.
This is a movie preaching to the people not sitting in the church pew. You will need to chain someone to a pillar to watch The Post.
Muckrakers no longer read newspapers or books and prefer ten seconds to hook their media audience with an image. By the same token, movies are not watched for messages nowadays, and not watched without a good car chase and explosion. You might as well hook your worm and go fishing.
But, we do have a movie here, not a video game. And we have to say something to that cult of movie watchers and the cult of message movie fans.
When documentaries are accused of being faked news, a docudrama is the ultimate fiction to the new breed of Trumpist news monks.
Oh, by the way, The Post is a prestige movie. That means no one is watching, which is a shame.