The Post was the movie equivalent of the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers acquired two all-stars in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash before the season. That meant a starting line-up of Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, Howard and Nash. That meant the Lakers appeared to be headed for a fantastic season.
Instead, the Lakers finished 45-37 and were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Similarly, with all The Post’s brand names, from Meryl Streep to Steven Spielberg, and the current Trump vs. media battle, the film seemed destined to be important.
It was not.
The Post was a stunningly repetitive film with no emotional payoff. (Yes, we get you are going to print; how many times do you need to remake the decision without ever making a compelling argument for why you are doing it?) Only a film that failed as badly as The Post could turn a seemingly vital Supreme Court decision into a blah event.
Oh, and just a little reminder for Spielberg who said, “The level of urgency to make the movie was because of the current climate of this administration.” Yes, the Trump Administration is uniquely combative with the press; no thinking person would deny that. But it’s also not unprecedented for an administration to act in ways that run counter to the first amendment.
“The Trump administration represents the most serious threat to a free press since the Obama Administration,” said Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press