Interesting & well-acted
- Bridge of Spies review by SC
I enjoyed this film.
I thought it was acted well and I believed in the characters.
Because It based on fact & real experiences I found it really interesting.
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Underwhelming Cold War spy story
- Bridge of Spies review by Alphaville
The good news is that this is one of Spielberg’s adult films. The bad news is that he’s overcompensated with laboured direction. Mark Rylance’s performance as the suspected Russian spy in 1950s America is likewise woefully understated. Tom Hanks’ usual lively performance as Rylance’s attorney consequently provides a welcome breath of fresh air.
The plot holds few surprises even if you don’t know the real-life story on which it is based. It does become more interesting when the ‘action’ moves to Berlin… after a whole hour, but that’s too late to pick up much dramatic momentum. Adding to the underwhelming package is Thomas Newman’s irritating score, which visits every cliché from military trumpets to plinky-plonk piano. You can imagine the kind of scenes to which such snippets add unneeded emphasis.
Described as a dramatic thriller, the film is rarely dramatic and never thrilling. The best Cold War thriller remains Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. If you haven’t seen that, do so.
2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
Tom gets heavy. Literally.
- Bridge of Spies review by NC
Tom starting to look like Plasticine replica a bit now. Going very putty in the facial department. Still does the job though. Rylance is creepy as the spy..not sure if he is acting, or is like that anyway?
Very slow by todays standards but see Spy Who Came in from the Cold with Richard Burton. That has the drear, grey feel, of Berlin when the wall went up.........
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.