“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Film stills © 2011 Focus Features
This past weekend I finally saw the film “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, after missing it in England, and then having to wait 4 more months before I was able to see it in the USA. I knew without a doubt that I wanted to see it, and I had only heard good things about it in England, but I decided to read a few reviews from a US audience. Bad idea apparently. Most people did not like it. I frequently saw the words “boring”, “confusing”, “slow”, and “no action”. I went to see it anyway.
All those reviews were incorrect – as long as you knew what you were seeing. It seems many people were under the misapprehension that this was suppose to be like the “Bourne” movies. Full of action, lots of explanations, and a film that assumes it’s audience is dumb. This is not one of those movies. “Tinker Tailor” assumes it’s audience has a moderate amount of intelligence, which I happen to appreciate. The movie does not explain everything, but instead leaves the audience to read facial expressions, symbolism in filming, and the actions of it’s characters. This film is suppose to be showing the ‘real’ world of espionage, not show the action of a over-the-top spy movie.
I loved the film. I was on the edge of my seat for much of it, wondering what was going to happen next, and trying to guess who the mole actually was the whole time. The film has an amazing cast – Colin Firth, John Hurt, Gary Oldman, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, and Benedict Cumberbatch to name a few, and these actors have the art of acting without the need for large amounts of dialog. The lack of dialog is made up for with amazing camera shots, many of which are symbolic for what is going on in the actor’s heads, and beautiful filming.
I won’t say anything else about the film except that it should get the credit it deserves. This movie is clearly too intelligent for the majority of audience viewers, and this makes it even better in my eyes. I wasn’t confused during the film – and I still haven’t read the book. Clearly if you’re paying attention, you don’t have to have read the book.
See “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” if you want to see an amazing spy thriller, with one of the best casts you can possibly have.
I can’t wait until I can get it on Blu-Ray.