Monday, February 6, 2012

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy

I finally saw Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy last night and it was brilliant. I've been waiting for this movie to come to the big screen for ages, ever since I first found out that Gary Oldman would be playing George Smiley.

Oldman has his first line when the movie is already been going on for 20, 25 minutes and he has been on the screen for much of that time. Even without saying a word, he shows us who George Smiley is and by the time he finally speaks, we already know Smiley well, his dedication to his work, his dismay at losing it, the fact that he leads a potentially dangerous life despite his down to earth-appearance. Towards the end of the film, when he can prove that the source everyone so highly values is nothing but a sham, he cannot conceal his satisfaction at being right, of being good at what he does. Oldman plays Smiley very restrained, hiding his emotions well, but here he really comes to life.

The film has an exceptional cast and they all shine, even when given only a few moments to do so (like CiarĂ¡n Hinds) and make the most of the already great scenes they are given. As an admitted Sherlock-fangirl, I enjoyed seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam. Colin Firth steals every single scene he is in, sometimes without saying a single word.

You need to pay attention to the plot and listen closely or you will get lost. The movie is fastpaced, more so than the book, but I think it's true to the book in all important things (although it's been a while since I've read it).

I've been developing a taste for gritty, non-Bond movie spy movies and fiction. Along with Sandbaggers, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is right at the top of my list of favourites.

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