Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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Gary Oldman leads a stunning all-star cast in this masterful adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel that redefined the spy thriller. At the height of the Cold War, a precarious operation goes deadly wrong, and the head of British Intelligence wonders if a double agent is leaking vital secrets. Brought out of retirement to expose the potential mole, master spy George Smiley (Oldman) is the only one who can be trusted to expose one of their own.Or can he? As the emotional and physical tolls mount on the high-ranking suspects, Smiley will be forced into the ultimate international spy game where everyone’s motives are in question. Filled with stunning performances by Academy Award winner Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciarán Hinds, it’s the powerful and deeply resonant spy tale that Ebert Presents at the Movies hails as “hands down the best new thriller this year.”
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is all sleek, stealthy elegance. High-ranking intelligence officer George Smiley (Gary Oldman) was forced out of service when a mission in Hungary went very wrong, but rumors of a Soviet mole hidden within the agency bring him back into play. If the theory of the former head, Control (John Hurt), is to be believed, the mole is at the very top, one of four senior officers, played by Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Firth, and David Dencik (of the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). With the help of a lower-ranking agent with a few secrets of his own (Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock) and a field agent who may be a source of disinformation (Tom Hardy, Inception), Smiley slowly draws out the clues he needs to lay a trap for the mole. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy moves gracefully, with brief but unhurried scenes that give a hint of information here, a dollop of implication there, until the larger picture (painted in a cinematic chiaroscuro of grays, blues, and browns) comes tantalizingly into focus. Don't expect Hitchcock-like suspense, though there are a few anxious sequences; this movie captures the blend of dread and bureaucracy that marks real-life intelligence work. Oldman plays Smiley as uncannily opaque and, on the surface, harmless--but his eyes hold a deep bitterness that can turn sorrowful or cruel. The masterful cast glides through the film, their subterfuges and machinations orchestrated like a dance by director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). --Bret Fetzer
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Director Tomas Alfredson crafted the ultimate slow burn spy thriller. Whispers and traitors are around every corner in this Cold War tale that is chilling. The crystal clear shots and cinematography transport you to another time. The period accurate outfits and makeup create a verisimilitude to the time.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a thoughtful take on complex spy narrative. Filled with political intrigue if you are willing to follow along. The music from composer Alberto Iglesias wrote the most beautiful and understated score for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. There is sweet jazz and lots of delicate piano melodies to listen to while you watch.
Notably, the acting from the entire ensemble is excellent and nuanced. You get the greatest Gary Oldman performance in his career as the ever observant spy Smiley. Oldman's use of his eyes and face to act make for a rather understated role, but he is brilliant all the same. You are constantly wondering what he is thinking. It is a master class in reserved acting.
Furthermore, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy give their most reserved acting showing their versatility. Colin Firth, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, David Dencik, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, and Stephen Graham all deliver intricate performances to put you off who the mole is really. Svetlana Khodchenkova has a nice smaller role as a Russian informant that you will undoubtedly sympathize with by the end. All in all, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is well cast down to the smallest role.
In short, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an espionage film like no other. Clever and twisting through the spy world. You will certainly have to think to understand this well written plot, but the process is enjoyable to the end. I love this film and I hope more viewers will get the opportunity to experience it.
The primary thing that struck me on this viewing was how well the screenwriters and director captured the flavor of a John le Carré novel. Le Carré is not casual reading. Any devotee will tell you that the reader must concentrate fully and that a casual phrase in a sentence can be important to comprehending a complex detail in the plot's development.
Likewise, this film is demanding, requiring the the viewer's complete focus. The elegant way in which the story line is developed and the film is edited, involves frequent shifts of foreshadowing and flashback, much the way a Le Carré narrative is structured. This challenges the viewer to stay engaged. But on repeated viewing, one begins to follow the internal logic of film's construction and then other distinctive features come into focus, such as the outstanding filmography, superb acting, and the wonderfully atmospheric score by Alberto Iglesias.
An additional word about the screenplay. No two-hour film can capture the breadth and fine detail of a Le Carré novel. The writers of this film had a huge challenge to adapt the author's rich prose, complex plot and Dickensian characterizations for cinema. Their objective could only be to retain the essence of the book's story line within the context of its philosophical themes. This they have accomplished artfully. Together with the fine casting and acting throughout, I believe this film will eventually be recognized as the most successful adaptation of a Le Carré novel.
First introduced to this amazing story through Netflix, it wasn't until I read reviews on Amazon that I discovered Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was, previously, a BBC produced series based on John le Carre's novel. At some point I'll probably purchase that too! But for the time being, I'm delighted to have added this fantastic film to my collection and won't have to worry about its availability coming to an end. I just love this story!
* One day later, I wish to report that I did not enjoy watching the Blu-ray Edition. Blu-ray may be fine for action flicks but, honestly, to me the less enhanced DVD Edition feels more authentic and true to the feeling of the place and the time of the story. The Blu-ray Edition feels too sharp, too strong, too vivid. Of course, this is merely my humble opinion and others may not agree.