Bridge of Spies

From the desk of The Movie Snob.

Bridge of Spies  (B+).  So, I set out to see Crimson Peak, but somehow I got the time messed up and arrived at a theater where it wasn’t playing until much later in the day.  Casting about for something else, I saw that I was in time to see this movie, which I knew had gotten good reviews.  So I bought my matinee ticket and was pleasantly surprised to learn during the opening credits that Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds) directed and the Coen brothers (True Grit) co-wrote the screenplay.  The movie itself was even more of a pleasant surprise.  Based on true events, the film stars Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do!) as Jim Donovan, a Nuremberg-prosecutor-turned-insurance-lawyer.  In the late 1950s, a Communist spy is arrested in New York, and the feds recruit Donovan to defend the Commie (Mark Rylance, The Other Boleyn Girl).  Needless to say, his vigorous defense of the hated spy doesn’t win Donovan many friends.  Then the feds have to turn to Donovan once more when U-2 pilot Gary Powers is shot down over the U.S.S.R. and captured.  Can he go alone into East Berlin and negotiate a prisoner exchange?  Although this is all ancient history (and the movie clocks in at a lengthy 141 minutes), Spielberg and Co. make it fresh and exciting.  Alan Alda (The Aviator) and Amy Ryan (TV’s The Office) pop up in small parts as Donovan’s law partner and wife respectively.

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4 comments on “Bridge of Spies

  1. […] but I just enjoyed the heck out of it. You’ve probably heard all about it — Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies) plays a Texas congressmen who is exceptional in no way except for his willingness to stick up for […]

  2. […] I will single out Mr. Holmes, with its excellent performance by Ian “Gandalf” McKellan, and Bridge of Spies, for keeping me on the edge of my seat even though we all know how the U-2 crisis ended.  And, at […]

  3. […] of the Stasi is a true believer who supervises the surveillance of Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Bridge of Spies), a playwright who is also a true believer in “socialism” but whose idealism inevitably […]

  4. […] them, a smallish boat called Moonstone captained by an older gent named Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies).  Things get tense fast when Dawson picks up a lone soldier from a wrecked ship, and the […]

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