Movie of the Week: Bridge of Spies

Every time Steven Spielberg releases a film, it becomes a major cinematic event. The man has established a legacy as one of the all-time champion filmmakers with a legendary body of work, and his new feature aims to become another hallmark in an already prestigious career. The Cold War seems to be heating up again, but in the theater this week, it is at its climax as the U.S. is holding a confirmed Soviet spy and the U.S.S.R. is holding a American spy pilot. Both powers are at the cusp of all out war, but they are also working to avert that outcome and believe that an exchange can maintain the status quo. Bridge of Spies tells the story of that exchange as negotiated by James B. Donovan, an insurance attorney who is recruited by the C.I.A. to handle the swap.

What am I expecting to see?: The last Steven Spielberg film I reviewed, was a masterpiece in my eyes. I’m not entirely certain that Bridge of Spies will surpass Lincoln but I definitely see the historical and current relevance that Bridge of Spies brings. This movie has a lot of star-power going for it, which is natural considering Tom Hanks is the lead, but the Coen Brothers with Matt Charman writing the screenplay, I think this will be a sharp, cunning feature with a lot of twists and turns. I think Bridge of Spies will be a surprising feature.

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