Bridge of Spies is out in theaters October 16, 2015. I had the opportunity to see a free media preview and let me tell you, I loved it. Really, really loved the movie. Best movie I’ve seen in awhile, for real. This had nothing to do with the fact that I was able to see it for free. In fact, I’m trying to figure out who can go with me to see it again this weekend.
Bridge of Spies is based on true events and it 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.
Tom Hanks really rocked as the New York lawyer James Donovan. He was really a multi-faceted character. As much as his professional life was the focus, I really enjoyed the way he was portrayed with his family too. I had a special affinity for the captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance. The chemistry and repertoire built between the Hanks and Rylance was really great. This is in no way a “buddy film” but I just really thought Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance were both so great together.
For me, the most poignant part of the film was how cool, calm, and collected Abel stayed. He was facing this trial and possible execution. He was so even keeled. My favorite line of the movie was when Tom Hanks’ character asks, “Don’t you ever get worried?” The spy replies, “Would it help?” This type of exchange actually happens several times throughout the film. As someone who has a lot of anxiety issues, this really started my wheels turning. In fact, I wanted to write a whole blog post about it. I think that might be a better fit for my personal journal though.
One thing I really enjoy doing is finding a food connection to the movies I see. This is a primarily a food blog after all. In the movie, James Donovan has to go to Germany to try and negotiate the pilot’s release. He has to stay in pretty terrible conditions while he’s there, but of course the CIA guys are staying in a really nice hotel. One day Donovan shows up at the hotel and orders the big American breakfast. It was so much food! I thought it would be fun to round-up a list of some awesome “American Breakfast” recipes. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, so you’ll just have to go and see the movie!