FILM REVIEW: Bridge of Spies (12A)

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Bridge of Spies is the latest film from Steven Spielberg and follows James Donovan, an American lawyer, defending a Soviet spy during the Cold War. Donovan takes the case and, seeing an opportunity, decides to hold on to the spy for negotiations in order to regain US spies.

Bridge of Spies, from the outset, is impeccably crafted. A wonderfully realised recreation of a period cloudy in mystery, moral questions and potently in Bridge of Spies, suspicion.

Suspicion surrounds everything in Bridge of Spies, characters, events and landscapes. This is of course down to Spielberg who has created a film full of his trademarks such as: family troubles, fatherhood and strong morals in the face of great challenge.

But Spielberg is not the only person that makes Bridge of Spies a modern masterpiece. It is also thanks to the incredible acting veterans who bring emotion to a movie that is based entirely in the Cold War.

The honesty of Hanks working for the approval of his family against Mark Rylance, the Soviet spy, who is just trying to do right by himself, is one of the most interesting dynamics in the whole film.

The sound design – which expertly incorporates silence – set design – which recreates the Cold War period with engrossing accuracy – and a soaring score, also all contribute to creating a world that is visceral, tense and atmospheric.

Bridge of Spies is as wondrous as it is tense and as emotionally heavy as it is well crafted.

George Bidwell