Quick Hit: Masters of their craft continue to be so – need I say more?
where not a lot happens. How often can you say that? Based on a true story of insurance lawyer turned international negotiator, the premise seems incredible. But what could have been a dull forgotten story is instead portrayed in a thrilling manner that showcases the best talents of almost all those involved.
well as keeping the music to an absolute minimum at times, maintains an atmosphere of danger and suspense that most horror movies wish that they could approach. The scenes in East Berlin are tragic, with a deep bleakness that resonates within you, and your eyes latch onto the color emanating from a neon sign for hope of brightness.
Tom Hanks is also very good. Lots of other actors would have played up the role of Donovan by making him a larger than life character, but Hanks brings a good-natured earnestness that is inherently believable by simply acting down. You believe that he actually wants to help first defend Abel, and then to negotiate the trades for our American boys.
character. You can see how good he is in a thrilling beginning scene as he gets captured in his apartment. Standing there in very few clothes, he exudes an intelligence that shows that he knows so much more than any of the CIA agents. Yet, often times, he says more with his body language and his facial expressions than most other Oscar winners. Without him, Hanks performance would have been wasted, because we wouldn’t have loved and cared about this Russian spy.
Bridge of Spies is a great movie, but I don’t think it will be for everyone. Lots of those that have grown used to the modern blockbuster will be turned away, because this is a slow movie that turns up the tension with words. For me, it’s an “A-“.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"