Movie Review: The Post, A Spielberg Movie

This is my first movie review I have ever written, but this movie, The Post directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer resonated with me. The movie will resonate with most pre-millennial age women. It is, however, a movie women and girls of all ages should watch and learn. Not only because Meryl Streep is brilliant in the starring role as Katherine Graham, but she captures the very essence of what it is like to be a woman of that era, and sadly, in some ways still today.

(My review may contain movie spoilers… you’ve been warned.)

It was unintentional that my husband and I went to see this movie on the day of the 2018 Women’s March. And to be honest, I had not read any reviews about this movie and only saw glimpses of the trailer on television, starring Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee. It was this movie that capped off a day of seeing women across America seeking the empowerment that Katherine Graham could never have imagined.

Captivating Scenes

There are many scenes in this movie that resonated with me and not just scenes of Katherine Graham. Scenes of Katherine practicing her presentation to persuade bankers to support her efforts to take the company, The Post in a public offering and then only to crash and burn in silence when the time came in the boardroom.

Ben Bagdikian, played by Bob Odenkirk, who is simply remarkable in this role, comes face to face with answering his own journalistic purpose when confronted with assuring Daniel Ellsberg played by Mathew Rhys that he will publish what has come to be known as the Pentagon Papers.

But there are two scenes that still bring tears as I write this review that were so moving and played so brilliantly by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks that made it clear for me what the Women’s March of today means.

Katherine Graham is in her granddaughter’s bedroom watching them sleep and she is trying to read a note written by her daughter right after Katherine’s husband had died. Her daughter walks in the room and reads the letter because Katherine does not have her reading glasses. I will never forget the look in Katherine’s face, the softness in her voice and even more so, the look in her eyes in that incredibly reckoning and moving scene.

And the scene that really had me crying as I sat there in the movie theatre, is when Katherine stands up to her patronizing male advisors in that darkened study in her home. While Tom Hanks did a standup job of portraying Ben Bradlee (it wasn’t his best role, but I don’t know who else could have played Ben better), does not say one word, but the look on his face tells me that he is enjoying not just a Katherine’s decision but more importantly Katherine coming into her own as the head of her father’s publishing empire with her courageous decision.

Side Bar: Meryl Streep

Whatever you believe about Meryl Streep and her relationship with Harvey Weinstein, you cannot deny that she is a cinematic treasure of all time. I was wary about Meryl’s statements that she did not know about Harvey’s predatory behavior. I bring this up in this review because she plays a woman from my mother’s era and my era who often were conditioned to look away or believe that “boys will be boys.” And remembering my own #MeToo experiences, I believe it is possible that Meryl did not know (should have known? I don’t know in her case or in my own).

Hoot Rating

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, the movie, The Post, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer receives an enthusiastic 5-Hoot Rating!

P.S. As always, John Williams musical score is beautifully powerful.

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Final word

And for the men (and sadly too, the women) who may mock this review because of my reference to the 2018 Women’s March and begin chanting Helen Reddy’s song, I am Woman, Hear Me Roar. All I have to say about that is, I feel sorry for you and especially those around you. The Women’s March is about empowerment. We don’t need to agree on every topic relevant to women, but women will no longer be looked through, looked up and down, or looked past again. I want any future granddaughter of mine to be recognized and respected as an intelligent human being worthy of anything she puts her heart and mind in pursuing.

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Bra Revolution

As the Houdini of bra extraction, I would no doubt win the bra Olympics for the fastest removal of the bra without the mere hint of removal or of my shirt. Even before the door slams behind me after a long day at the office, that despised contraption is flung like a rubber band lost until laundry day.

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Bra Beginnings

Of course, it was some girlie-girl, Caresse Crosby, who patented the first modern bra in the U.S. in 1914. So, for over 100 years, women have been wrapped, wired, and have perked up their ‘girls’ with these contraptions. Although the beginning of bras dates back to ancient Greece when women would wrap their breasts with bands of wool or linen and tying or pinning these bands to their back, I believe it’s time for a Braveheart-style bra revolution.

The Training Bra

Young girls are given “training bras” by their mothers when they start developing breasts. For the life of me, I don’t know why these small triangular pieces of the cotton held up by tiny straps and one hook in the back were named training bras.

How are these tiny pieces of cotton training breasts?

What are they training the breasts to do?

Why do little budding breasts need to be trained?

The bra conspiracy to confine women since their teens has spiraled into over a billion-dollar industry today with over 95% of women in the western countries wearing bras. That’s a lot of dollars and tits to confine!

Bridled Breasts

I get it.  I do.

Irrespective of breast size or augmentation if “the girls” are left unbridled stampedes may break out. Let’s face it, there is something erotic about breasts and no job or project would ever get done in or around the office or the house if breasts weren’t contained. Small or bountiful, I don’t know a man that can’t at least keep his eyes off of them.

Bras: Sexy or Functional?

Well, I guess bras are sexy if you’re a Victoria Secret model. But for us old owls who breast-fed their babies long ago and are…. Well, just plain tired and droopy…. And are not interested in augmentation to perk them up to faux smiling twins… are exasperated at the fit and the cost of these woeful wired and padded trappings.

If there is such a thing, my favorite bra is nursing bra I bought for $4.96 by mistake (I didn’t know it was a nursing bra until after I brought it home and began wearing it. This bra was purchased many years after breastfeeding had ended.) Yet, I wore it anyway. It was comfortable (as if any bra could be comfortable).  There was also an inherent sexiness about unbuckling the front to let the girls roam free even without taking the dang thing off.

Bras: The expense!

I can spend $5 at Walmart and let everyone know in the room that I am either excited or cold, or I can spend over $60 for a wired push-up bra that confirms to everyone that “Yes! I breastfed babies years ago!” as my girls jiggle like Jello® in their padded plush cups.

Women are hit with not only the ridiculous financial investment of bras but the emotional and physical expense of wearing a bra. These are expenses men have no comparison unless the man is a baseball catcher wearing an over-sized, metal codpiece over his junk.

Bra Revolution

I’m not into breast augmentation for myself, but on the other hand, I don’t begrudge a woman who wants to have a bigger, smaller, or a perkier bosom. If women want to spend their money on fancy, expensive bras or surgery to help them feel better about themselves, I say, “go for it.”

While I may never feel totally comfortable going bra-less outside the owl’s nest or beyond the backyard, but for women who have had enough of the bra, I say, “go for it.” It’s time for a new invention, a bra revolution, to keep the girls healthy and happy.