måndag 6 februari 2012

My review of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

One of the greatest casts of 2011 in one of the greatest films of the year. The cast is flawless and performs so very well in this film.. The star of the magic show is Gary Oldman, nominated for an Oscar in the category "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role", who I think deserves the Academy Award nomination because he plays his role brilliantly. It's easily one of the "cult characters" of 2011. By the way, how fucking ridiculous is it that this is Gary Oldman's first Oscar nomination? He should be having so many nominations by now or even wins! Gary Oldman to me is the ultimate actor, he changes his voice for most of the movies he does and when his look is changed, you just kind of have to look closely to see if you're really watching Gary Oldman or not. He's a chameleont.. although, I can't help but think that he's almost overshadowed by some of the brilliant performances! The impressive cast includes John Hurt, Mark Strong, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch as well as "newcomer" David Dencik. Let us not forget Tom Hardy, another brilliant thing about the film.

This is director Tomas Alfredson's first English film. Though the film is great, I can't help but think that the editing and sound editing is a little sloppy at times, which is quite a shame. Beside Gary Oldman being nominated for an Academy Award, the film is also nominated in two different categories... "Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score" as well as "Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay".

The film is about spy veteran George Smiley who's being forced out of his semi-retirement to uncover a mole working within MI6. Now the story does sound quite simple although the film isn't as simple. The dialogue and the script might end up messing with your head a little bit, there are a lot of names involved for you to keep track of. But at the end of the film, your mind will be racing and much of it is explained right away. Some things you'll only realize made sense a little later, when you re-think a few things. Yes, it's one of those films. So if you're one of those people who don't know anything about film and always say that you never want to "think" while watching a film, this is not for you.

This is one of those movies that might have you a little bored in the beginning, but once that stone is set in motion, it will leave you on the edge of your seat towards the ending. I highly recommend it.

My rating: 8,1/10

1 kommentar:

  1. This film had me really excited at the beginning, then a bit bored, then a bit more, then really bored and by the end I was rearing to get out of the cinema. One of the slowest and most boring films I've ever watched. The performances were good, but they couldn't save the film.