- Meryl Streep is magnificent as Kay Graham. The subtlety with which she plays the scenes where Kay is struggling to find her voice is absolutely marvelous. All of the raving that people do about the greatness of Meryl Streep is warranted, and don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. She is one of a kind.
- This cast has so many winners in it! Bradley Whitford (Arthur Parsons, a Post chairman who disagrees with the printing of the Pentagon Papers), Matthew Rhys (Daniel Ellsburg, who stole & copied the Papers originally), Bob Odenkirk (Ben Bagdikian, the Post reporter who manages to procure the Papers from Ellsburg, his former coworker), David Cross (Howard Simons, a Post reporter), Bruce Greenwood (Robert McNamara), Sarah Paulson (Ben Bradlee’s wife, Tony), Alison Brie (Kay’s daughter, Lally), and Michael Stuhlbarg (Abe Rosenthal)! Just to name a few.
- Speaking of Bradley Whitford – I thought he nailed his part, and did a great job with the anti-Josh Lyman accent.
- I thought Tom Hanks (Ben Bradlee) did a great job – but after seeing the movie, I’m okay with his lack of Oscar nomination. His performance didn’t ever make me say “Wow.”
- However, I do think Steven Spielberg deserved a nomination for Best Director. A lot happened in this! And I am quite sure Mr. Spielberg had a hand in all of it playing out the way it did, as well as it did – and I definitely think it’s work deserving of an Academy Award (or at least a nomination).
- I loved the way the scene in which Kay ventures over to the McNamaras’s house to confront Robert is choreographed. That was excellently done.
- The girl intern (or whoever she was) who chats with Kay on the way into the Supreme Court was unnecessary & silly. Like Kay Graham wouldn’t have had someone escorting her into the goddamn Supreme Court Building. (Eye roll.) “I hope you win”? Nonsense. So was Kay’s passing through a crowd of awestruck women of all races on the steps, on her way out.
We’re not stupid, filmmakers. We get that she’s an inspirational, powerful woman – you don’t have to point at her dramatically & mouth ‘Look! Look at that smart, strong woman!’ for us to understand her significance.
- I liked the shot of Kay looking up & seeing Ben standing there looking at her admiringly down in the press room, after they’ve heard the Supreme Court’s verdict.
- Meg Greenfield (Carrie Coon)’s delivery of the Supreme Court’s verdict, via phone, was A+.
- I love Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks being in cahoots, and I would watch it any movie, any time. It’s just such a perfect combination! I LOVE THEM!!!
- I liked the movie’s ending lead-in to the Watergate scandal (and to the first scene in ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)). That was well-handled.
- The musical score for this was great. I can’t believe John Williams wasn’t nominated for this! This, to me, is a bigger scandal than Tom Hanks not being nominated, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard more about it! (Edit: John Williams is still being nominated for Star Wars scores?! Jesus. I had no idea.)
- Anyway: great movie. Go see it.