Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

25 Jan 12

A stunning evocation of the Cold War era

We have been looking forward to this film and we were not disappointed. It is outstanding, as we have come to expect of the Brits with films of this nature. Further, this movie is a worthy rendition of John Le Carre's famous novel; Le Carre was an executive producer and plays a non-speaking part in a crowd scene. The casting, settings and cinematography are all superb. To fully appreciate this film, however, one needs to have come to grips with John Le Carre's style, with its abundance of understatement, insinuation and subtlety, otherwise, even with highly focussed concentration, some of the story will be lost. Readers new to John Le Carre seldom gain a great appreciation of his work on reading their first novel. If there is a negative, at times it seemed somewhat slow moving, that is the style. 4.5 stars (though 3 of us gave it 5).