by Abby Poulos
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg. A recipe for an iconic and groundbreaking movie. Their performances have been recognized and praised at many awards shows, including being nominated for many Oscars. Then premise for this movie is about the involvement of the Washington Post in the release of the Pentagon Papers, and it touches on important topics, such as right and wrong, important journalism, and sexism in the workplace.
Meryl Streep plays the head of the Washington Post, and is the one who deals with the weight of the company. She finds it hard to get her point across and be taken seriously in a industry dominated by white men, and often finds herself dealing with sexist co-workers.
There are many scenes where this sexism is predominant but subtle, like Meryl walking into meetings that are full of white men in suits, or her being undermined or question by her subordinates. Although she has to overcome all of these bumps, she ultimately decides everything and goes to the beat of her own drum. She makes it obvious that she is the boss, not her late husband, and not any man below her.
She along with Tom Hanks have to decide what is morally right to publish, with the balance of what is right for the future of the company. With most of the executives on the company against them, they decide to do what is right and publish the pentagon papers.
They then have to fight in the supreme court of whether what they did was constitutionally legal, and the supreme court decides in their favor, creating a major victory for freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
“The press is for the governed, not the governors.”