Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Based on the best selling novel by John Le Carre Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy follows the story of British spy George Smiley as he attempts to find a mole within the intelligence service.
Older audiences may well have seen the excellent BBC adaptation of the novel that starred Alec Guinness, which has since gained status as one of the BBC’s best adaptations. Considering the amount of time allowed for the older project compared to this year’s release audiences should be very impressed with the new offering.
Starring a wealth of British big shots including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Jones, and an excellent performance by the endlessly versatile Gary Oldman in the lead, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy is a tense and beautifully executed drama.
Some have complained that they could not get along with Cumberbatch in the role of Smiley’s leg man Peter Gulliam, otherwise however the film must be praised for its vision of the piece. I was very struck by the sight of London and Cambridgeshire which demonstrate the tactful and precise choice of location to stay in keeping with the original setting. Whilst the industrial style set pieces of the Circus give the movie a twist of modern style.
The film manages to cut only what is absolutely necessary without distracting from the story and effortlessly hold suspense throughout, even fans of the book and the original BBC drama should not be disappointed.