Monday, January 18, 2016

Best of '15: Bridge of Spies

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-Aren't you worried?
-Would it help?

Spielberg is the best working director of our day. His movies are completely flawless. Yet, he is still a slave to his material. When the material is spot-on (Lincoln, War Horse, A.I.) his movies are divine, but when the screenplay is wonky (Tintin, War of the Worlds, Munich) the movies are simply above average. Bridge of Spies is luckily won of the former. The moving real-life story of one man's bravery during the cold war to save lives regardless of allegiance is especially timely for our current state of acceptable xenophobia and isolationism. Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance are expert in their portrayal of the main players in this "cold" thriller (spoiler alert: there are no shootouts) set during the Cold War. Many of my favorite films aren't for everyone, but I would recommend this film for pretty much every mature movie goer.

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