Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on March 26, 2012

I had been wanting to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy since around Christmas, and finally got around to it. It was not quite what I’d hoped, but still very, very good. It definitely goes for a slow burn, with almost no shooting or car chases or anything you’d expect in like a James Bond movie. The tension is entirely from the slowly unraveling mystery of who’s giving British intelligence to the Soviets.

I kinda joked that every British actor ever is in this, but it’s pretty close. The first few people I thought of who weren’t in it were Michael Fassbender and Jared Harris, who it turns out were both considered for parts. But I mean John Hurt, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and this guy? Plus Gary Oldman, who is generally pretty great, being especially great here. It’s interesting because he’s a man of few words, and obviously being a spy, he keeps his emotions in check, yet you still feel like you understand the guy pretty well.

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