Tuesday, May 17, 2016
BRIDGE OF SPIES(by Steven Spielberg) is combination of John Le Carre and Norman Rockwell
What is it about the Spielberg touch? Even when you know he's making schmaltz, it can be irresistible as it is here. This movie is a bridge between genre cliches and grim realities. It ventures just beyond the comfort zone to feel the freeze but steps back inside to avoid frostbite. It's that ingenious balance of warm glow and frigid winds that makes Spielberg's 'serious films' appealing to middlebrow sensibilities. There's something that passes for ambiguity, but it's ambiguity 101, an introductory course accessible to all willing to make a modicum of effort. At any rate, Spielberg's mastery is such that everything he does now looks effortless. You won't learn much about real history, but BRIDGE is still more intelligent than most movies out there. And certainly more entertaining.