Skip to comments.Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – review
Posted on 01/07/2012 8:03:54 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Tomas Alfredson's marvellously chill adaptation of John Le Carré's cold war thriller features a delicate performance from Gary Oldman along with a first-rate supporting cast.
A thunderstorm rolled into Venice overnight, flash-bulbing the sky and lancing the boil of heat that has enveloped the city these past six days. One could have sworn that the temperature dropped still further, to practically Baltic levels, during the morning screening of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a marvellously chill and acrid cold war thriller from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson. Right here, right now, it's the film to beat at this year's festival.
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I hope this does not win any big awards. I thought this film was pretty bad, and so did everyone who saw it with me. Forget about answering the question about who was the spy. Who was dead? Who was alive? Who is a homosexual? Who is bisexual? Who is a lesbian?
I was disappointed in this film because the trailers had all looked interesting and I was reeally looking forward to it. What a waste of talent! And a waste of my time!
Just saw it tonight. It was good, but..would have rather seen Sherlock Holmes.. probably better waiting on dvd in my opinion. I was confused a bit as to who was who at some points. Just not quite what I was expecting.
Hollywood's obsession with social issues.
Well, this is certainly disappointing! I was really looking forward to seeing it! Guess I’ll just have to settle for little Tommy Cruise in MI. I heard it actually was pretty good.
Saw MI4 last week with 3 others and we all liked it very much.
I liked this motion picture very much and think it deserves Oscar nominations. This is on my best film list for last year.
A lot of people that I know did not like it at all.
I read the novel by John le Carré many years ago. I read most his novels, and found them boring - no action. They were all somewhat confusing in identifying the characters in my opinion. I finally gave up and started reading Robert Ludlum.
Wel, when I start trying to read my watch in the middle of the movie, you can tell that my attention has strayed.
Ghost Protocol was really good. No American bashing, just straight action. Very fun movie.
1 1/2 stars about sums it up for me. I seldom really dislike a movie because I research them before I go, but this one was a shocking disappointment.
I should have been forewarned. NONE of the trailers shown before the film are movies that I would waste my time on.
The end of the Le Carre film came so suddenly that I said, “That’s it?” Everybody around me laughed.
How does it compare with the TV series? I’m going to guess that the TV series is better.
****Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy****
I believe this movie was done for TV about 25 years ago with Alec Guinness as George Smiley.
I’ve never seen the TV series.
Sherlock is really good! It looks like I’ll wait for this one on netflix.
I’m sure that Guinness would have been better in the role.
Guess I’ll try that next then.
***I read the novel by John le Carré many years ago. I read most his novels, and found them boring - no action.***
Years ago, 1966 to be exact, I saw THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, a top notch movie made to show that spy work is not all James Bond. It is the only time I ever fell asleep while trying to watch it in the movie theater. Bo-ring.
“I read most his novels, and found them boring - no action.”
Hubby and I listen to audio books in the car. We tried Smiley’s People, which I realize was probably not the best place to start. We gave up on it, hubby was almost falling asleep while driving and listening to it.
The scene where Smiley goes to visit the old lady spy was just coma-inducing.
We also listened to “the Tourist” by Olen Steinhauer. That was pretty good but it has a most disheartening endings and I HATE THAT.
Really all these spy novels seem to be more about intra-agency betrayal than anything else.
No wonder we lack good intel on our enemies, all our spys are spying on one another.
I hear from friends that it's the best MI yet. Outstanding.
Probably why it's never on T.V. Another successful Le Carre' snoozefest.
Whatever you do, stop the presses and Net Flix the original British tv series “Tinker, Tailor...” starring Alec Guinness and some of the best actors on the planet. Don’t miss the epic battle between Smiley and Karla. You will not regret it.
It is a convoluted story - that’s LeCarre’s style but the acting and plotting are sensational.
I certainly don’t agree with The Guardian that we are encouraged to see our side and their side as equivalent. That is more true in later le Carre works.
The mole is shown at the end saying he had to make a choice, and he made an aesthetic choice. Not moral, not philosophical, not political, not patriotic. Aesthetic. To me that was one of the most degenerate statements I ever heard.
In the book, the loyalty to country and to freedom, and the disdain for communism, are even more emphatic, but they were there in the movie too.
Haven’t seen the film yet, but I can’t imagine it being that good, only because there’s too much story to stuff into two hours. I highly recommend the 1979 mini-series, with Alec Guiness as George Smiley:
I found myself leaning in to pay closer attention during Sherlock. Every moment was wrenching in its own way. I only see one or two movies a year; some just must be seen on a big screen. Sherlock was my first choice this year, and well worth it.
You are right about too much story to stuff into a 2 hr. film. And their portrayals of the characters were flat. It was hard to raise an ounce worth of empathy for any of them, much less keep track of who is alive and who is dead with all the flashbacks.
“Red” with Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, & Morgan Freeman in 2010 was a story along the same lines, but much better done. Much better.
That movie is a classic. It's probably Richard Burton's best performance. The rest of the cast, Claire Bloom, Oscar Werner, Peter Van Eyck; are all great as well. It really has several twists that make it difficult to figure out until the end.
The only problem with Le Carre is that he is one of those lefties who felt that all sides in the cold war were essentially the same.