Bridge of Spies Shows Spielberg at his Best


In a pulse racing, heart pounding modern action driven film world, who wouldn’t want to sit back and watch an old school spy thriller that builds intrigue and tension through words rather than explosions? Maybe the modern ADD viewers of today’s film world may find themselves bored to death by their allergy of historical dramas, such as “Bridge of Spies”, but a lover of good film and one with a hungry mind will find it quite easy to warm up to this high stakes Cold War era piece of Spielberg brilliance.

As viewers, we are dealt a wonderful script where the Coen Brothers and  Matt Charman have allied together to create an amazing historical drama, centered around a pivotal moment in Cold War history in which the U.S. and Soviets are in deadlock when each of them must negotiate on the freedom of their now captured spies. Here Spielberg puts his cinematic genius to work by employing a film noir style of directing focusing on long shots and seamlessly cutting film together creating a masterful piece of work where single takes feel like a menagerie of cuts and tension is built off of intriguing conversation and impressive character builds.

While Spielberg’s direction is deserving of an Oscar nod in the directing category, the acting is what truly pulled this film together. Casting the most likeable actor in Hollywood right now, Spielberg once again collaborates with Tom Hanks to create a masterpiece. Playing the everyman protagonist of the movie, Hanks delivers an Oscar worthy performance  where he showcases his range of emotions and impressive acting chops, being not only the morally straight stern central character, but the sarcastic and witty comic relief of the movie. Hanks is surrounded by an unholy amount of supporting talent, the best of which is Mark Rylance, who plays the soviet spy Rudolf Abel.  Here we have a man who plays out the role of man facing death who reacts with an air of glee .It was a perfectly delivered performance, and one in which viewers could actually believe this man was a Soviet spy who would die for the motherland. Both these amazing actors deserve at least an Oscar nod if not a win for their insanely great performances.

Aside from being a Spielberg project and containing an unfair amount of talent, “Bridge of Spies” deserves recognition for its cinematographic perfection. Every shot was perfectly constructed, and cuts were creative and blended the film together quite nicely. Every take and every frame was tied together tighter than a bow on a Christmas day present. Most impressive of all though was what may be considered one of the greatest aerial scenes put to film of recent times. Wishing as to not spoil the scene for a future viewing there is no need to reveal details, but if anything were to be said of it, it appeared as though it belonged in a present day version of “Saving Private Ryan”.

With “Bridge of Spies,” Spielberg once again reigns supreme of the film world and proves he is truly the master of film. As for the delightful script that veered toward comedy and the  pleasantries of film, while away from the cynicism a movie like this would generally deal, Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers have essentially penned the apology for the mediocrity  of “Unbroken”. In its totality, the film delivers a masterful piece of work, perfectly edited together, where many great actors are given the ability to show off their talents. In reality the movie going experience can be summed up in one quote “Enjoy your big American Breakfast”.