Steven Spielberg Delivers with Bridge of Spies

Tara Dombrowski

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are back in the Cold War drama Bridge of Spies. Based on true events, Bridge of Spies follows lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) as he struggles to bring justice to Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a convicted Soviet spy. When the Soviets capture Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), an American spy, Donovan must negotiate an exchange of the two spies.

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies (AP photo)
Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies (AP photo)

Filled with stunning cinematography and amazing acting, Bridge of Spies is sure to join the ranks as a Spielberg great. The screenplay, written by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers, is sophisticated, smart, and well-written.

Although the film can be a little slow at times, the movie will hold audiences firmly in place with its witty humor, exciting drama and relatable characters.

And, of course, Tom Hanks is as brilliant as ever, reminding audiences that he never gets old.

His relationship with Rylance in the film is a refreshing take on “the hero befriends the enemy” cliché.

At times, the transitions of the film are a bit silly. Granted, they are creative and smart, but at times, it can be a bit much. But now I’m just nitpicking.

For all lovers of war dramas and Tom Hanks, this movie is for you.