*File under “Things I didn’t think I’d ever get to say, but am excited about nonetheless.”
We decided on Sunday to go see The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new critically acclaimed movie about the Pentagon Papers and the role The Washington Post had in their publication. It stars Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine “Kay” Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the paper’s hard-nosed editor. The movie is exhilarating and fun, and its message resonates.
We planned to go to The Nugget’s 4:30 p.m. showing, but when we got to the ticket booth, we found out that A. the movie showtimes listed on Google are not accurate because they’re generated by a third-party company, and as an independent theater, The Nugget does not use such services, so Google’s listings can’t be trusted; and B., the showing actually started at 4:15 p.m., although that didn’t really matter because it was already sold out. Would we like tickets to the 6:50 p.m. showing instead?
We said yes, and planned to come back at 6:30 p.m. We returned to a lobby packed full of people, most of whom were waiting to see The Post, which had sold out once again. (For the record, the man working the ticket booth told me that three of Saturday’s four showings also had sold out.)
I was a touch disappointed by the delay, but mostly I was pleased there was demand for such a movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi sold out its opening weekend showings, but people had been waiting years to see Episode VIII. Y’all, people clapped when The Post ended. What?!
Turns out former New Hampshire Associated Press reporter Kathleen Ronayne had a similar experience:
So I just tried to go see The Post and it’s sold out. Repeat: A movie about a newspaper is sold out. I’m annoyed but also overjoyed
— Kathleen Ronayne (@kronayne) January 14, 2018
In one of the replies to Ronayne’s tweet, Twitter user John Tackeff says every showing was sold out on Friday at a theater in Newington, N.H.
What’s more, viewers everywhere seem to appreciate the film. Check out the replies to this tweet:
Just saw #ThePost. Audience applauded at all the noble lines about press rights and our role to hold government and an autocratic leader in check. Ovation at end. Was I in a theater full of journalists? I don’t think so. #FourthEstate #signofthetimes
— Kevin Z Smith (@ethicsmith) January 13, 2018
Have you seen The Post? Let us know what you thought in the comments!