Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Good, but the story best suits a tv series format - Eoghan Bolger

10 Points

Viewer Rating:Eoghan Bolger has rated Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy rating: 3 Star

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Tinker tailor soldier spy is a spy thriller by Thomas Alfredson, it stars John Hurt, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman and is two hours long.
The plot sees an older, aged spy called upon to track down a spy amongst the British secret service.

How often do we get a thriller anymore in cinemas these days, let alone one that doesn't fall apart due to sloppy assembly, Tinker could have changed this, it's a lot better than the usual but some fiddly writing lets it down.
The performances by the main cast are excellent, particularly by Oldman, theres an all star cast here acting at full force, the script it taut/tight and theres a gritty atmosphere that really feels like you are in the 1970s and to top it off the cold war setting is a goldmine for a potential interesting story.
The storyline itself is a good one but it loses ones focus and concentration all too often, the character development and interaction is solid but the movie gets swallowed and sunk, there are many plots at work in this film all of them intriguing but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. There just isn't enough time in a two hour film to tell this tale and there is a general feeling that some aspects feel either glossed over, too fast or overly plodding, theres no steady direction/pace. Its easy to drift in and out or give an indifferent approach now and then.
On the plus side there are many moments where it feels thought provoking, gives you enough to put together some guess work, but the finale is again awkwardly paced and cut short that the impact isn't what it should have been.
It's a great production, stuck in the wrong medium, you don't need to know this was based on a book or tv series to consider something was lost in translation.
Twenty minutes in and my reaction was that a 40 minute episode format would work wonders here, it would be easier to digest, you could go at your own pace, cliffhangers would mean something and I'd recommend anyone going into Tinker tailor soldier spy to do what I failed to, prompt more research into the source material.
Alfredson knows his remakes but I think he hit a miss with this one.

Verdict: ***

Review published on the 22 September 2011 00:20

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