What to Watch: Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies is available to rent! I turned it on as I munched on steamed cauliflower (what!? Don't worry, I used some buffalo sauce to spice them up a little) last night. 

I really enjoyed the movie and see why Mark Rylance was nominated for an Oscar for supporting actor, though I'd give my vote to someone else (to come!). Tom Hanks plays a moral, ethical lawyer during the early part of the Cold War who ends up negotiating a prisoner swap. He was great in a traditional Tom Hanks role.

This wasn't my favorite movie of the season, but it was interesting to see a movie about the Cold War, I feel like it's been WWII for so long, just interesting to see life during the Cold War instead. It was certainly worth the rental fee and I'm glad I made the time to see it, it just doesn't strike me as particularly noteworthy or special when compared to other movies/performances this year.

Description from the YouTube page:

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies” stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. The film is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award winners Ethan Coen & Joel Coen.


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