Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

22 Jan 12

Baby it's cold outside...

Tomas Alfredson's 'Let The Right One' was a stunning revisioning of the vampire genre - bleak, cold, moody, austere and wonderful to behold. So what of his version of Le Carre's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'? Well, it too is moody and austere. A slow-burn experience amidst the flash, bang, wallop of the likes of 'Tintin' and 'MI: Ghost Protocol.' Thoughtful, beautifully and methodically shot and acted... but disengaged. I admired it in every way - but the director keeps you at a distance, and that may well be the point of course - but that ensures the audience are left out in the cold. In a world of double agents, lies disguised as truth and ruthless trickery, the individual sacrifices their essential humanity to protect... what? And there's the point. I enjoyed it and if you liked Robert de Niro's 'The Good Shepherd" you will too!