Sunday, January 22, 2012
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy...suspenseful spy thriller! Gary Oldman @ top of game!
During the holiday season, when savvy shoppers were making a beeline for bargain basement sales at local retailers, males of a discerning age were slipping into movie houses to catch the just-released "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".
The feature, starring Gary Oldman, is based on the best-selling novel by John Le Carre.
The "cold war" spy thriller - in this case, tackled by capable hands - still manages to intrigue despite the fact the material is well-mined territory.
Fans of the genre may recall that in a past incarnation the book was adapted for Television and broadcast in the form of a cliff-hanging popular mini-series (which starred Alec Guinness).
The current release doesn't disappoint.
In fact, there is much for a critic to crow about.
The acting is superb, for starters.
And, the tone and the "look" of the film, directed by Tomas Alfredson?
For good reason.
The filmmakers have conjured up a murky chilling atmosphere that lends itself well to the genre.
One New York Critic labelled it a puzzle within a puzzle.
It's that - and - so much more.
In a nutshell, the plot involves a clandestine cloak-and-dagger search for a "mole" in the upper reaches of British Intelligence (M16).
Gary Oldman turns in a stellar performance as a taciturn investigator out to get his man.
Fans of gadgets will find the technological backdrop - with all its antiquated teletypes, simplistic dial phones, and clunky reel-to-reel tape recorders of the era - fascinating.
To reveal anymore to folks intending to screen it would be criminal.
3 1/2 Stars!