Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Movie Review


Star cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Music Director: Alberto Iglesia
Watched at Innox, Hyderabad
Running time: 127 mins.

Being a huge spy movie fan. I started off my day watching “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” it’s all about a failed operation in Budapest, Hungary forces Control (John Hurt), the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (better known as the Circus) and his loyal deputy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to resign in disgrace. A year later, the new head of the Circus Sir Percy Alleline (Toby Jones) believes the time is right to share intelligence with the American about their top source in Moscow, Witchcraft. But a returning agent, Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) reports that one of the top men at the Circus is a Soviet Mole. Smiley is brought from the cold in to investigate these claims with Circus handler. He digs deeper to find out a secret that could shock the British intelligence establishment.

 Director was liberal with the use of sudden flash backs, which were sometimes interesting but other times hindered the flow of the film. Too many characters and events changing create confusion in audience where there should be none. No doubts about the storyline its fab adapted from bestselling novel by John Le Carre. Performances are major asset in the movie everyone gave their best. Mainly Gary Oldman and Colin Firth dominate the rest with their performances. Alberto Iglesias Background Music is sensible. Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema is naturalistic. Editing could have been crispier. Production values were grand.

Espionage shouldn’t be this boring. I literally fell asleep while watching. On the whole, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy runs emotionally low and a bit slow, but its an interesting movie with some great acting, cinematography and Dialogues.  If you have patience to watch then it’s a CLASSIC for you, if not then it’s a TORTURE to watch out.

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