Tom Hanks does it again. Steven Spielberg does it again. These two men have been the face of Hollywood for quite some time because the work they produce is timeless and spectacular. Bridge of Spies is no exception.
Director Steven Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski create a world that feels and breathes similar to the Cold War era. It’s been quite a while since I have been immersed in a film quite like this one. The score is fantastic and keep you on edge the entire time.
The movie feels like the typical 3 act style and it fits very well into the scheme of the movie. The first act drags just a hair because there are quite a few characters that the audience really needs to know and understand. It paints James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) as a family man who is just trying to do the right thing. The whole world may be against him, but he knows what’s right. This helps a lot because some decisions in the third act makes sense. Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is just a typical man. He’s not an over the top spy. I understood his pain and his caring for his family. Each one of these characters fit together in the big puzzle to try to figure out what the next logical step is.
The film picks up when Francis G. Powers (Austin Stowell), a normal military man gets captured by the Soviets and chooses not to end his life. I won’t spoil any more of the plot but it truly is fantastic. The way that the characters interact with each other becomes an exciting journey that you’re left on your seat for. This film is plot driven with little action which gives this film a lot of emotional tension. Being in the era where people were terrified of the Soviets, you can see the people around Donovan and Abel react negatively. It makes sense given the grand scheme of things; the time period helps this film a lot.
Overall, I don’t have a lot to say about this movie, it was solid. It was well directed and acted and I have no major flaws. It didn’t standout overall, some parts dragged a little too long. I was happy to be immersed in the world.
Score: 7 out of 10