Bridge of Spies tells a story of an American insurance lawyer who represented a convicted spy, Rudolf Abel and was recruited by the CIA to also help in the rescue of the detained pilot in the Soviet Union in exchange of Abel.
With the Coen Brothers as writers, this movie is another collaboration of two legendary Hollywood juggernauts, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, who have made so many relevant masterpieces for the past 10 or so years and this is no exception as well. Bridge of Spies delivered well in terms of telling the story as it based on the historical facts during the Cold War. I may not have the accurate knowledge about that era but basing on the film, Spielberg effectively delivered tension not only to the development of the character but also the situation they are into. My concern though is that for a Spielberg film, it lacked intensity and riveting moments. The grittiness is already there but still missed the mark to hit that depth of emotion to make the moviegoers at their edge of the seat for an espionage film. However, the twist gave the movie the thrill it needs in order for the audience to be engaged and interested. The scoring also needed a bit of a push to at least help set the tone for scenes to be exciting. Though the movie was 2 hours and 15 minutes, I didn’t mind at all since the cinematography was accurately done and portrayed the era.
On the other hand, Tom Hanks was spot on in his representation of James Donovan. He sets the right emotions during scenes where he needs to be dismayed or victorious, etc. I love how he determined he is despite all the inhibitions and backlashes he received from people who are not only judgmental but also non-believers of his capabilities. I just can’t imagine what life is during the Cold War where you always living anxious and terrified of your safety and might be accused of being a spy.
I will give the movie 4 out of 5 stars as it is still a good quality movie that you need to see and can be considered a classic film in the future. Also, the ending scene explained why the movie is entitled Bridge of Spies.
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