By: Natalie Jean
The other night, my husband and I went out for dinner and later went to see a movie. We had seen The Post directed by Steven Spielberg. Nothing out of the ordinary for a date night, but when we left the theater I felt so great. Yes, the movie was done well and that cast? Don't get me started on what a great cast that was!
We talked about the things we liked and the things we didn't like, as we usually do after seeing a movie. Small details, character choices, continuity errors, wardrobe, the way it ended, etc. and we didn't have much to critique. It was just a really good movie. (this post may have a spoiler or two!)
One thing that I woke up thinking about however, was not the plot but the little details that were a part of the story. Details that were crucial, but you may not think anything about them if you didn't stop to appreciate the movie and story in itself. The movie is based on a true story and that's what makes it even better to me. The story of a woman who took over the family's company after her husband died, not out of duty but out of passion and pride. The story of a woman making a decision to do what she believed was right, even though she had a handful of male board members that she trusted and respected tell her to do something different, to lay low. The story of a woman taking ownership over something that she loved and was more than capable to be in charge of; how a woman decided to reveal government secrets through her newspaper company because the American people had a right to know.
The movie takes place in the 1970's so it isn't entirely unheard of for a woman to be working and to be more prominent in demanding respect from men and for equality in that time. Its something that had been happening for years, but definitely not embraced by everyone. What stands out to me though is how timid Meryl Streep's character is at the start of the film and how her character changes once she makes a decision to do what she believes is the right thing to do; not because she was told to by a man but because she wanted to.
I found that to be such a breath of fresh air and so inspiring! She chose to do what she believed was right even when men were saying it couldn’t be done. Even when she was afraid and had no one to look to because both her father and husband had both passed away she believed in herself and chose to give the people who read her newspaper the truth.
Ladies, take that bit of advice from Streep's character. Do what is right, even when society(or men) doubt your ability! Stay strong and believe in your own intuition and who God created you to be.
I don’t want to give away too much, but I truly suggest you go see this movie. Not only is it historical, made up of a great cast, and follows an exciting story, but it encourages women to follow their dreams, speak their mind, and follow what is right.
A definite must-see!