Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
I am probably not the one to be writing about “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” I remember making two attempts at the novel “TTSS,” by John le Carre, and not understanding it past the first chapter. I am afraid that my reaction to the new movie version is not much different but, at the same time, I do not blame the film. The problem is with me. Maybe there is something about darkened, smoke filled atmospheric rooms with world weary characters exchanging large amounts of expositional dialogue that just throws an “off” switch in the part of my brain that enables me to follow movie plots. I do not do well with espionage pictures. To be fair, the friend with whom I saw “TTSS” enjoyed it, as did many in the audience at the AMC Loews Village 7 at 11 Street and Third Avenue.
Despite my numbed perception I could still tell that “TTSS” is a film with high production values. It has been beautifully photographed and produced. It boasts a fine cast that includes Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Colin Firth. The film has a studied sense of atmosphere as it portrays the downside of the English spy business in 1973. There are no lavish casinos and tuxedos and other 007 amenities for these spys. They are tired and worn out. There are lots of hushed conversations and double dealings. Documents are stolen, loyalties are betrayed. Secret terms like “Circus,” “Witchcraft” and “Reptile Fund” abound.
Those who appreciate and enjoy this type of story telling should definitely see “TTSS.” Then maybe they can send me an email explaining what the movie was about.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Director Tomas Alfredson, 2011, Focus Features, 127 minutes, rated R
Posted on December 15, 2011, in New and tagged AMC Loews Village 7, circus, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, George Smiley, John Hurt, John le Carre, reptile fund, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, witchcraft. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.