Bridge of Spies Movie Review

bridge of spies

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg should just make movies together for the rest of their lives and the world will be a happy place.  Shhhh… The Terminal doesn’t actually exist.

Bridge of Spies is based on a true story and is set during the cold war. It focuses on an insurance lawyer (Tom Hanks) recruited by the U.S. government to defend an accused Russian spy.  After he does so, he is then asked to negotiate a trade with the Soviet Union to retrieve a U.S. pilot that was shot down.

And what we get is a really good, but not quite great, movie.  First of all, as always, Tom Hanks is great.  He is the main reason I was interested in what was going on.  I really enjoyed watching him and his portrayal of the lawyer.  The scenes where he defends the Russian spy and the scenes where he is negotiating the swap are really good and entertaining.  Most of the other performances, especially by the guy who plays the spy, are also good.  It’s an interesting story that I had no knowledge of prior to the movie.  You can also definitely feel Spielberg’s touch which is always a good thing.

I think my biggest problem was there seemed to be a lack of tension throughout most of the movie.  There were a bunch of scenes that seemed like they were trying to build tension but I never really felt it.  I think they could have done a little more with the courtroom scenes and the negotiation scenes. They were the best parts of the movie and I wish they would have focused on them a little more.  There are also some other plot arcs that seem to just kind of disappear, such as Tom Hanks’ character being hated by everyone.  His house is even attacked at one point.  But all of that seems to magically go away and it is never really explained.

Despite the issues I had with it, Bridge of Spies is still a really good movie that I enjoyed watching.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oscar nominations for at least Hanks and Spielberg.  I don’t know that it’s a movie you need to rush out to the theater to see, but it is worth a watch.  Bridge of Spies gets a 3.5/5.

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