Benjamin Maio Mackay
Bridge of Spies - 4 Stars
With a script by the Coen Brothers, direction by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks starring nothing could stand in the way of this film winning a bucket load of Oscars.
I loved this film. It’s so rare to see 2 superb films released in the same week and I do love these occasions. Everything about this film is sublime: the acting, the direction, the writing and the music – everything. It almost feels too polished. That’s just it – while this is superb cinema and it does tell an important, true story it’s Oscar bait. It’s like Spielberg sat down and said how can my next film win tons of Oscars and this was the result. Now I don’t love to find faults in films, but this team has everything so down pact that there’s almost nothing new about this – the fault is it isn’t new!! I literally have nothing to criticise.
So, yes go see this film – it will restore your faith in cinema after some truly abominable films. However, it’s nothing new, Spielberg hasn’t messed with the formula that works. Why should he anyway – it’s going to work and has so far. Enjoy this film and you will – I don’t know anyone who hasn’t – but it does feel to “perfect’ especially for a war movie.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox