While it is indeed a political drama about the cold war, I just didn’t expect it to be so entertaining.
It felt more reminiscent of an Indiana Jones adventure, as James Donovan travels to Berlin at the time the wall was being completed to negotiate an exchange with the Russians. I was expecting this movie to be like Lincoln, bogged down in lots of talk and brow raising. Don’t get me wrong, Lincoln is a very fine movie, but Bridge of Spies is everything Spielberg is capable of. The movie’s visuals are large and epic. It is an impeccably rendered recreation of these important moments of modern world history.
Watching Hanks play Donovan who is swept into an overwhelming situation and just keeps his cool and his charm is just highly enjoyable. The combination of Coen Brothers writing and Speilberg’s direction works wonders. The Coens I think brought a sense of realism to things, but also stylization; the way characters talk at times there’s a lot of things where people try to figure the other person out, which is fascinating to watch. Not to mention Tom Hanks, who is just so stoic in this.
It’s early days, but this movie will be one of the front-runners come Oscar time.