When it comes to The Post, I reckon you’re going to be in one of two camps; either you’ll have found it interesting or utterly boring.
My girlfriend Mhairi certainly thought it was the latter.
It just wasn’t her cup of tea.
I enjoyed it though. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t exciting and if I’m honest it was more than a little bit worthy, but it provided an account – whether entirely accurate or not – of an important point in the history of the government vs the press that is often overlooked in favour of Watergate and other scandals.
And I also enjoyed it because of its strong cast of recognisable, high quality actors, not least Tom Hanks.
Could it have been better? Yes, of course it could. I don’t think it would be fair to expect it to be exciting, but if I was to have one major criticism, it would be that it’s about the Washington Post rather than the New York Times, who were the ones who actually released the Pentagon Papers in the first place. Would they not have been the better choice to focus on?
For me at least, this is a movie I would recommend going to see, but be aware that you could just as easily come away from it finding it as boring as Mhairi did.