BRIDGE OF SPIES

A Bridge…that goes too far. This cold war drama based on a true story (is there any movie NOT this year?) is best when it sticks to the mechanics of swapping spies in the second half of this almost 2 and a half hour movie. But when Steven Spielberg attempts to inform us that "we are all the same" and teach us moral lessons…it becomes a preachy, dull, and uninteresting affair. And while I love Tom Hanks, I never lost myself in his character and never forgot I was watching Hanks. If his character was more realistic and less perfect, it may have worked. I would have preferred a history lesson over a morality one. A flawed screenplay, average performances, and a running time that is way too long cause this bridge to crumble under its own weight.

Stormy Curry

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