Oscar Optimization – Bridge of Spies (2015) – Encore Review


Since it’s been nearly two months since I watched most of the Oscar Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch many of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films.  I am rewatching them in no particular order.  Here are my Optimized thoughts on Bridge of Spies (2015) :


bridge“It doesn’t matter what others think. You know what you did.” – James Donovan

Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Dec 2015 and 18 Feb 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An Insurance attorney is recruited by the Government to defend an accused Russian Spy in the midst of the Cold War.

My Take on it – Steven Spielberg has always been very adept at transporting us to another time and place and this movie once again proves that so well.

We can easily feel the Cold War tension between all the characters throughout and that ups the thrills despite it being a somewhat slow spy movie.

What clinches it here tho are the amazing performances by the two main actors Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.

Hanks has been a steadily amazing dramatic actor for over twenty years and hits it out of the park just about every time, here included.  He is an actor that any director (especially Spielberg) can count on to give his all and that’s why he is considered one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Rylance on the other hand has been a relatively unknown actor who makes an amazing impression in this movie as a calm and collected condemned man who delivered his lines beautifully.  I think his performance is clearly the beat one of any of the 5 supporting actor nominees, but I fear that the Academy is feeling too sentimental towards Sly and it looks like Rocky will prevail yet again in the ring.  I really hope I’m wrong and on my Oscar ballot this year, I’ll still be rooting for Rylance to upset Rocky.

Another excellent period film by Spielberg that is quite under-rated by most.

Bottom Line – Superb performances by Hanks and Rylance make this so thrilling to watch. Subdued tension keep the momentum going throughout. Spielberg knows how to create days long gone and make us believe we are really there. Highly Recommended!

Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Well, this is one I gotta say I’m not so sure about.  It was a great movie , very entertaining and thrilling, but Best Picture of the year? In my own Top Ten of the year from 2015, it made #9.  It’s close tho.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Steven Spielberg had a good laugh when he read the line in the screenplay of a policeman taunting Donovan that he had been in “the third wave on Normandy.” Spielberg joked to Tom Hanks that he ought to answer: “I was in the first”, a reference to Saving Private Ryan (1998), also directed by Spielberg. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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13 thoughts on “Oscar Optimization – Bridge of Spies (2015) – Encore Review

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  2. I like the idea of an encore review. I may borrow that one! I thought this movie was so good. I imagined it would be slow and boring but I was proven wrong. The suspense builds slowly but powerfully. Spielberg indeed does a great job of painting a backdrop of time and place. We forget how much computers and the internet have changed the world.

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