Bridge Of Spies (2015)

Spielberg strikes again! During the time of The Cold War, a New York lawyer, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is caught up with the CIA and is involved with a serious mission that involves him to negotiate with the Soviet Union. His mission: Work out a trade for the United States that involves captures United States pilot for a captured Russian spy that the United States have. Donovan goes to Berlin so he can try to work this out and make this a clean, done deal. The Soviet spy is Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance). Donovan defended Abel in court and even though he knows he is a good guy, he still understands that this trade needs to be done for his country. Is Donovan, a New York lawyer who is clearly not trained for this kind of thing able to pull this off and get our captured pilot back without harm?

It is quite obvious that Spielberg is at the point of his career where he just wants to direct movies that he has a serious interest in, good or bad. We have clearly seen that with Bridge Of Spies and also Lincoln. The two definitely remind you of each other and it is pretty obvious that he is interested in older American history. The thing that I loved about this movie is that it really keeps you interested with the story. There is nothing boring or dull about this at all and you are always invested in this. This is also a very tense film that can sometimes have you on the edge of your seat, especially when deals are being worked out.

The acting in Bridge Of Spies is pretty fantastic. Tom Hanks once again proves why he is one of the best in the business. A lot of credit for this movie has to go to the writers. I think this was very well written and I knew going into this that it would be because of the Coen brothers. I did not really know all that much that Matt Charman has written, but knowing the Coen brothers were behind this, meant that it would be great. And that’s the thing about this movie. Yes, it is a really good film that tells an interesting and intriguing story, but it will not be one that the world looks at and says is another Spielberg masterpiece.

The greatest thing about Bridge Of Spies is that it is pretty much two movies combined into one.  I do however, believe that this movie is going to be one of the better ones that we will see this year. Does that mean it is going to win a bunch of Oscars? Certainly not, but this is a movie that I think will have quite a few nominations. Even though this movie is not absolutely terrific, it still gives us an entertaining and often engaging film that constantly keeps you interested. I love how Spielberg is finally at the point where he can do whatever he wants with film and he is choosing to do movies that he has a genuine interest in. It’s really working out well for him and if you are a fan of him, then this is one you don’t want to miss.

Overall, Bridge Of Spies, though not a perfect film, is still one that is terrifically acted film, entertaining and often interesting story. This will not be one of Spielberg’s most memorable films, but it is well-worth checking out.

Grade: B+



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