Sound Off: Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 16, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for. Now playing in theaters is the new Steven Spielberg movie! Get your tickets, go see it now. Spielberg directs Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies, about honest lawyer James Donovan recruited by the government to negotiate the trade of a Russian spy for a downed American pilot captured by the Russians during the Cold War. Mark Rylance stars as the spy he's defending; plus Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Jesse Plemons. So how is it? Worth the wait for the new Spielberg flick? Is it better than his more recent movies? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Spielberg's Bridge of Spies.
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To fuel this fire, I like Bridge of Spies quite a bit; better than War Horse, but not more than Munich, in my opinion. It's a solid, much more low-key film from Spielberg, focusing on a good story with some really great performances. I must start with how outstanding Mark Rylance is as Rudolf Abel, just perfect delivery every time. Tom Hanks was also excellent as the lawyer stuck in the middle, but also sticking up for the "other guy" and defending him for his rights. It's a nice lesson. The footage in Berlin was very cool, and because it's Spielberg it all looks real. I'm not the biggest fan of the score, but that one seems to be divisive.
More than anything, I think I appreciated the message, the very subtle hints that Spielberg was giving about the lesson(s) we're supposed to learn from watching this story. From what I could tell it's essentially just - don't be prejudiced, go in to help anyone who deserves a fair fight. There's the whole delicacy to the Cold War, but this film seemed much more about saying, hey if you're honest and a good guy who cares about your neighbors and treats them with the same respect as you'd treat your own family, then maybe everyone can get along. Think about something like that on the way home after enjoying the latest Spielberg movie.
What did you think of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies? One of his best yet or one big mess?
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