movie: Bridge of Spies

Movie: Bridge of Spies

I went into this fairly spoiler-free, having not heard of the historical person the movie was based on, and only watching the trailer briefly, and seeing this Tom Hanks / Jimmy Fallon piece.

Spielberg is in good form here, even if the absence of a John Williams score (and indeed the lack of music overall for the first several scenes) makes a tonal difference. Hanks does a good job in something that is at the same time cinematic, and more a stage play than a movie. And this is very much a story about a bunch of men: if this movie passes the Bechdel Test, I don’t remember the qualifying scene.

If you’re a Spielberg fan, or enjoy a well-told historical thriller, it’s enjoyable fare, but probably doesn’t need to be viewed on a giant screen.

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