Top critical review
Good effort and interesting visual story telling
on August 18, 2015
Compared to John Le Carre's book and the original BBC series, this is a hurried update of the original story. The details in the book and the original series are what make those worth reading and seeing. While Gary Oldman plays a typically enigmatic Smiley, he does not capture the complexity of the spy Smiley. Good effort and interesting visual story telling, but if I had not read the book and seen the original BBC series, the story would make no sense. Also, the portrayal of Peter Guillame as gay, while stylish and current, departs too much from the original story by Le Carre. And I found the portrayal of Haydon not as compelling - none of his brilliance crossed with ruthlessness came thru. Good eye candy but I would recommend the originals.