If you asked me to make up some fake movie that America really needed right now, the dream team I'd assemble would be a post-Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg directing American darlings Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as journalists speaking truth to power. By some miracle, such a movie exists. Not only that, it's slated for a December 22nd release after only having begun shooting on May 30th of this year. Ladies, gentlemen and everyone else, here's the first trailer for The Post:
Forget the whole last year, this feels like the last week crammed into a single movie. You've got journalists being intimidated for reporting the truth, a powerful woman's credibility being questioned, Carrie Coon not even being NOMINATED for The Leftovers (what do you mean that was in July?) and Americans having to question the very institutions that were meant to protect them. It couldn't be a more "right now" movie if it opened with Dave Chapelle's Tupac sketch.
I know the next question on your mind since this looks like another sprawling Spielberg ensemble piece a la Lincoln, so here's the answer: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), David Cross (Twitter dot com), Alison Brie (Community), Bruce Greenwood (your dreams), Sarah Paulson (The OJ Show), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Tracy Letts (Homeland), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), David Costabile (also Breaking Bad), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Bradley Whitford (would vote for Obama a third time if he could), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), Deirdre Lovejoy (The Wire) and of course, Carrie fucking Coon.
What else is there to say? This is the Spielberg who gave us the one-two-three punch of War Horse, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies. Januz Kamiński is back behind the lens, and it even re-unites The Beard with John Williams after a one-film absence that still feels far too long (their first in thirty years!)
December can't come soon enough.