Tom Hanks is one of my all-time favorite actors. So regardless of what the movie’s about I’m there. But when you add in history and Steven Spielberg, well, you know it’s really going to be good! I’m talking about Disney’s newest movie, Bridge of Spies, which is out in theaters today!
The film is based on true historical events during the Cold War and tells the story of Brooklyn-based insurance lawyer, James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who ends up representing a supposed Russian spy in court, after his firm was court-mandated and he was selected as the lawyer to handle the case by his superiors.
Fortunately for the accused spy, Abel, James Donovan was a man committed to making sure Abel’s legal rights were fully upheld, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, whether he was actually a spy or not. This guy was all about following the rules. On the flip side, representing (and looking out for) someone was was accused of being a spy? Not good for you or your family. Talk about being under public scrutiny!
Post-trial representing Abel, Donovan is enlisted by the CIA to help negotiate the release of a captured American pilot in Russia, worrying that the Russians might find out some top-secret information about what the Americans were doing or what kind of equipment they were using to spy themselves.
The setting of the meeting? East Berlin, Germany, during a time when things were extremely unstable and the Berlin Wall was being constructed. But since James Donovan was so great at negotiation, to East Berlin he went! Was he successful at this big negotiation though? I won’t spoil it – you’ll have to see the movie to find out! He was a very bold guy though – I’ll leave it at that!
I really enjoyed this movie. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, Tom Hanks + Steven Spielberg + history (and of course Disney) are a few of my favorite things when it comes to movies. This one was very well-done from start to finish! It’s crazy to imagine living during the 50s in terms of way of life, but adding in wars and spies just makes it 1000x wilder! I can’t even begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for that insurance lawyer, who never would’ve dreamed of going into negotiations with some (likely) scary figures outside of the country.
So should you see it? YES! Keep in mind that although this is a Disney film, it’s PG-13, so it’s not a movie for the little ones!
Are you a Tom Hanks and/or Steven Spielberg fan? Will you be seeing Bridge of Spies this weekend?