Bridge Of Spies

26 October 2015 | 10:07 am | Sean Capel

"This is another riveting historical picture from Spielberg. His best film since Munich."

Steven Spielberg is a legendary filmmaker. Aside from his classic fantasy/action adventure oeuvre, he is a master historical storyteller seen through films such as Schindler's List, Empire Of The Sun and Saving Private Ryan. This year he reunites with three-time collaborator Tom Hanks for a slice of Cold War history with Bridge Of Spies.

Based on true events, in 1960, a Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is thrust into the middle of the Cold War when assigned to defend a suspected Russian spy and negotiate a risky prisoner trade with the Soviet Union.

This is classic Spielberg: rich historical setting, patriotism and focus on a wholesome/likeable family man with strong morals. He directs with natural confidence with help from strong production support. This includes script from Matt Charman and the incomparable Coen brothers in a rare non-directorial gig, and their personality oozes throughout through humour and layered characterisations. Furthermore Spielberg's go-to cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski captures events beautifully with vivid detail and Thomas Newman is an excellent replacement for absent collaborator John Williams, providing a solid score.

Hanks gives another strong Spielberg film performance, with natural charisma and depth, supported by a great ensemble cast, particularly Mark Rylance's dignified performance as the suspected 'Russian' spy.

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Overall, this is another riveting historical picture from Spielberg. His best film since Munich.