Saturday, October 17, 2015
An excellent blend of courtroom drama and humor, BRIDGE finds Hanks inhabiting the same territory as James Stewart and Gregory Peck before him. Spielberg creates a superb mashup of his previous films such as CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, MUNICH, LINCOLN and SCHINDLER'S LIST, with touches of John le Carré and Jean-Pierre Melville. Overall, the Coens' screenplay doesn't bear their typical stamp but is fully engaging throughout.
Of note: this is one of the very few films that John Williams did not score for Spielberg. Thomas Newman takes his place and does a great job, evoking ROAD TO PERDITION (which Newman also scored, Hanks also starred in, and which some scenes in BRIDGE reminded me of).