Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mini-movie-review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy




 http://focusfeatures.com/tinker_tailor_soldier_spy


Tinker... is based on the John Le Carre's 1974 spy novel of the same name. There's a mole in the British Intelligence ranks and agent George Smiley (played by Gary Oldman) works to ferret him, and his co-conspirators, out.

This was a tautly told tale (ah, alliteration). I thought the acting was the movie's greatest strength. Wish I had looked at the scorecard (provided at this studio-sponsored screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, Austin) before the movie, though, because at times I had a little trouble keeping up with all the players. My one reservation, however, is why is this movie being made now-- many years past the Cold War? I don't see any indication that this speaks to our current relationship with Russia or any other country right now. Still, this does not detract from my enjoyment of the film-- it's just a curiosity.  Overall, Tinker... satiated the wanna-be-Cold-War-spy in me, and I recommend it if you like movies in this sub-genre.

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