Director: Steven Spielberg
Release Date: 4/10/2015
Tom Hanks captivates with every single role he plays. His incredible versatility and charisma do justice to each of his characters, making him a true gem in the film industry. Hanks stole our hearts in ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Castaway’ and ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ to name but a few – whilst his recent foray into the hostile world of Somali pirates created for the emotionally exhilarating epic that was ‘Captain Phillips’. His most recent project, ‘Bridge of Spies’, was no exception.
Set in the midst of the Cold War, Hanks tells the true story of unassuming ex-lawyer James Donovan, and his embroilment in the defence and trial of a suspected Soviet spy (Mark Rylance). With a distinct lack of violence, but an utterly gripping storyline, Spielberg gives a subtle yet sufficient insight into the intricacies of negotiation in Cold War Germany, whilst at the same time forging a perfect contrast between life in leafy, suburban America and war-torn, wintery Berlin.
Though he fits seamlessly into each role, Hanks has a unique ability to appear as the perfect synergy of all of the characters he has played previously. His professionalism always outs, and I think this contributed to his brilliant relationship with Rylance throughout the film. The respect between these two gentlemen was refreshing, yet the air of suspicion we expect in tales of espionage was still delicately threaded throughout the plot. Together, Spielberg and Hanks show us the power of non-prejudice relationships in a world consumed by propaganda. ‘Bridge of Spies’ is a perfect illustration of how understanding between two ordinary men can bridge social and idealistic boundaries.
Text: Sophie Scotter