In 1971, there was an opinion which was delivered by Chief Justice Black in 1971 which says ‘The press was to serve the governed, not the governors’. This was that time of trial when Nixon administration was trying to discourage The Washington Post and The New York Times to publish Pentagon Papers (a classified report which wanted to show the world about American involvement in south-east Asia). During those times, the Supreme Court of US supported the freedom of the press, even doing this went against their government.
Today, 46 years later, across the globe, the freedom of the press is questionable and this is beautifully displayed in the form of flick by ace director Steven Spielberg and fantastic actors, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. This is one of the reasons why this movie has a significant significance which keeps the ability to shake you from inside. The story is about a post which was at that time a local newspaper who wished to publish Pentagon papers and had witnessed the gore and fearful restrictions and blackmails. A search on the internet can tell you the whole story but this movie about the aforementioned subject will bring the past events come alive.
Meryl Streep played Katherine Graham who had these papers when her husband died tragically. She was given the complicated situation to solve without any training. Meryl displayed insecurities of Katherine and fear with utmost sincerity. If you are not familiar with these actual happenings, do not worry because slowly movie will make you understand everything. Tom Hanks is stupendous as a legendary editor Ben Bradlee. Speilberg made an articulative argument for free and fair press which will leave you lost thinking about the press and its freedom. The movie needs to be seen as it underlines important factors about freedom of the press.