Bridge of Spies: a Historical Film NOT a James Bond Flick


  • Best Picture: Bridge of Spies
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mark Rylance
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Production Design

To be honest, I thought this movie was a James Bond film. I don’t know why I thought that. Sometimes I make up things and then think someone told me it when in reality it was all in my head. But this movie is definitely NOT a 007-esque film.

Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer fighting for the freedom of two US citizens during the Cold War. In exchange for the life of the Soviet spy the US has captured (played by Mark Rylance), Hanks barters for the Americans. The only problem is that this is a completely off the books, unofficial trade between three hostile parties.

Considering I thought this movie was going to be a lame knockoff of the Bond series, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a historical film that stimulated my brain rather than dulling it with impossible stunt scenes. Hanks did a wonderful job of portraying the moral struggle an American goes through when asked to defend a man who committed an act against the US. On the other hand, Mark Rylance played his role as a loyal Soviet to a T while making the viewer sympathize with him. Even me, the Queen who thinks Chris Kyle from American Sniper is a hero and all the haters who say he was a murderer can fall in a hole, felt a tug of emotion when Hanks leaves him on the bridge.

On a less serious note, I would like to point out the good looking men cast in this film. Like what did they do, only hire models? Seriously, it’s distracting and wonderful and downright ridiculous how attractive they are. I will let you judge for yourself, but you’ll have to admit at least empirically that these men are on higher than normal level in the looks department. Here’s a taste of what you have to look forward to:

MV5BMTU2OTk0ODEwMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzc3ODY3NTE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_    Austin Stowell

    2015-01-15-MAGNUSSENBILLYBilly Magnussen

Sadly, there aren’t a lot of women in this movie, but this gorgeous gal makes a small appearance for our readers who appreciate the fairer sex:

46914384.cachedEve Hewson

And now that I’ve been a sufficiently superficial person and judged all these actors based on their looks, let me remind you that this movie is good not because of these people’s attractiveness but because of Tom Hanks’ and Mark Rylance’s performances and the excellent portrayal of a touchy subject matter. That doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy a pretty face, though!

–Queen M


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