Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy (2011) Review

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Oldman) comes back from forced retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.

I have to admit that when the film first started I thought it was going to be a very long 127 minutes, as it does have a very slow start and you don’t really have any idea of what is actually going on. As we are shown quite a few different things going on. But don’t worry too much about that as it all does make sense as the story slowly unfolds throughout the course of the film.

I thought Gary Oldman really was just fantastic as George and trying to find out who the mole is, having to think about everyone who had been around him for years. With a few different people mentioning a mole but not being entirely sure who it was George really did have his work cut out. Especially when finding out at one time he was a suspect himself by Control.

I have been finding it quite difficult to do this review without spoiling any of the plot, so going to look more on the performances of the fantastic cast. Tom Hardy keeps impressing me with each role I see him in, his character in this film was very important. Colin Firth is one of my favorite actors and he put in yet another brilliant performance. Mark Strong is a supporting actor who I always enjoy and think he rises to the occasion.

If you decide to go and see this film, not entirely sure how much audience pull it has. The screening we went to was the 9pm on a Friday night and it did not have that many people in. So whether this will have a good box office taking is another thing. I did find it rather slow in the beginning but it did end up leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next.

While at first I thought it was going to be slow, the pace really did pick up and we really got into it. I have not read the book or seen the TV series either so I don’t know how much difference that would make.

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