Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

by M. Polier

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY/UNIVERSAL

U.S. Release Date: January 6, 2012

DIRECTOR: THOMAS ALFREDSON

STARRING: COLIN FIRTH, GARY OLDMAN, JOHN HURT

PROS

  • The characters, the book and the look are up there on the screen.
  • Oldman delivers a deadpan that is very alive.
  • It’s a man’s business, a man’s world, a man’s chess game and Briton is at stake.

CONS

  • The book was a best seller in 1974…how come it took so long to get there?  That world is gone.  Do we really care?
  • Directors and producers forgot that deadpan can be deadly boring.
  • Did they film every page?  It went on and on.  The fans of the book are a distant memory.

FINAL VERDICT:  They tried to create film drama out of code names and secrets but the look was bleak and white in color and the performances do not surmount the effort.

QUICK QUOTE!

Ricki Tarr: “She told me she had a secret, the mother of all secrets…”

DAVE SAID, “I have no idea what that movie was all about.” And he fell asleep at the beginning for 10 minutes.  My 82 year old mother said, “I find every movie disappointing…”



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