Like James Donovan, our moral compass can move us to action.
As a top-notch directed (thank you, Steven Spielberg), acted (as always an engaging human portrayal by Tom Hanks, and ensemble) and overall well-crafted film, Bridge of Spies has everything a moviegoer could hope for.
Hank’s character, James B. Donovan, carries a heavy load and inspires us to do what’s right. As a man who early on acknowledges that the work he will do will have long-lasting and dire consequences, he pursues Rudolf Abel’s case with the fever of a man with a greater purpose. Donovan recognizes the humanity of Abel’s plight and also sees the value of life, albeit at times as a master strategist. The scorned and hateful gaze from a woman on the train tells the tale, and as the headlines filled with negative press about his efforts, it doesn’t dissuade his pursuit of defense for his client.
Our moral code, our internal compass, can move us to launch to the stars, start a movement or make all the difference in the lives of one person.
After keeping Abel from death row, the trade of Powers and Abel, and the addition that Donovan takes upon himself to include the third prisoner Pryor, this is a major exploration of his character, which shows a willingness to abandon popular opinions. Potentially jeopardizing Donovan’s release, which is the only intent from the CIA, Hank’s conviction of character eventually wins through for everyone’s benefit.
In this politically correct and corporate driven world we live in today, we have such a difficult time seeing that we can stand and make a difference. It’s refreshing to see the lessons that history shows us: that life and history-changing events can be made by the decisions of one man. We all can make a difference if we lead our lives with intent and integrity. Our moral code, our internal compass, can move us to launch to the stars, start a movement, or make all the difference in the lives of one person.
That’s a pretty tough lesson for a film, but truly this is the reason I feel so strongly that this is so Oscar-worthy. Telling us to make a difference, that’s why that same woman smiles at Hank’s Donovan at the end of the film. Opinions change, values don’t.
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