Bridge of Spies: Review / by Kenneth Buff

Spielberg delivers another satisfying and entertaining film with Bridge of Spies. It has all of the classic Spielberg moments and ascetics, as well as Tom Hanks in a great performance that's one of his best in years.

I have to start by saying that it's just so fun to go into the theater seeing a new Spielberg movie. Bridge of Spies, like most Spielberg movies, has a sense of timelessness to it. If I didn't know it was a brand new film walking into the theater, I could have easily been convinced it was something Spielberg had filmed years ago. Spies is Spielberg at his best, delivering a scene that adds to the narrative with every shot.

Now, all of Spielberg's calling cards are here (the wide angel lenses, the tracking shots, ext.), but my favorite one that pops up is what some call the Spielberg Rule of Three. This is where something is asked by one character three times, and by the third time the character finally reveals it. This happens in Catch Me If You Can when Tom Hanks asks Leonardo DiCaprio how he passed the bar exam three times, and by the end DiCaprio reveals that he studied; it happens in Saving Private Ryan when the other soldiers keep asking Hanks what his job was before the war, and by the end he finally tells them he was a teacher; it happens in Spies as well, though not to the same dramatic effect in the other films I've mentioned above, but it happens none the less, and it's just fun to see this new Spielberg movie adhere to the rules that his previous films have established. 

Spies is another solid film to add Spielberg's filmography, it may not be as iconic as some of his others, but it is a story that's worthy of his lens, and of our time.