Director: Steven Speilberg
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
Spoilers Within: No
Originally posted 21st January 2016 on Letterboxd.
Co-written with an assured complexity by the Coen brothers and with appropriately icy cinematography from regular Speilberg collaborator Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies is a quintessentially Spielbergian historical thriller that could have been unremarkable had it been in any other hands.
Tom Hanks is, as ever, a charismatic and satisfying force to watch, going from dour Road to Perdition-esque nuances to wry Cast Away humour with ease, with Mark Rylance’s deservedly award-winning pithiness bouncing off Hanks, served scene-after-scene by the Coen’s aforementioned script.
Some stretches feel a little indulgent, and perhaps they could have been trimmed to no detriment to its finality, but with terrific moments including the erecting of the Berlin Wall, a coat trade-off in a chilly street, or multiple scenes of tense negotiations, it’s hard to pick on a specific moment that’d go. In all, it’s another brilliant entry to Spielberg’s mature series of films, and one that sits nicely within the upper bracket of Cold War thrillers.