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Originally Posted by kbuzz
Sorry to burst your bubble here but this film is good but not great. First of all, its another Tom Hanks saves the world job. You know, the one where he plays the "likable fella" which at this point in his career is really monotonous. Although this character fits his lack of acting depth. Bottom line: here he plays the same guy here that he plays in every movie. That is the fundamental flaw of the movie. By using hanks it takes all realism away and during the whole picture you know you are watching a movie and never actually believe anything is real is going on.
The good news is the acting by rylance as stated in the review. Its so good, it carries the movie and incidentally underscores Hanks suckiness.
Four words if you are looking for a good spy cold war thriller. Tinker tinker solider spy
My initial impression of Tom Hanks as an actor was based on his earlier roles that were often comedic and shallow. That is far from the actor he has become. I have to disagree with your opinion of him as an actor. With movies like Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile and Apollo 13 (just to name a few) -- Hanks has shown his acting chops.
On to the movie. IMHO, it was very well done including character development, time period rendition and the true story it told. It's more of a slow burn but still with palpable tension. If you're old enough, it does bring back memories of The Cold War and that time period.
Now - TTSS was a great movie in its own right -- no debate from me. But these are two different types of "Spy Tales" that can each be enjoyed for the stories they tell.
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