Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Gary Oldman as George Smiley

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Time/place: 6:50 showing at Westpark 8


I’ve been waiting for this for a while.  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a cold war British espionage movie, and it’s everything I hoped it would be.  It’s subtle, slow, still, smart, and it’s so much more about the players than the game.  In fact, to see the sleek trailer, some may be led to believe that it’s maybe more exciting than it actually is.  There were certainly some tense and/or shocking moments, but it wasn’t an epic spy movie in the sense of gunfire and big, cool things.  It was very indicative of what the “cold” in cold war stood for.  The pacing was steady, and constantly thinking.  Yes, I just used the word “thinking” to describe the pacing.  It’s appropriate, here.  I’m a huge fan of still and calm camerawork, and so much plays out in wide or singular shots… it’s all about the characters and the lives they lead in the midst of this dangerous game they play.

Of course, I love Gary Oldman, and he’s amazing as always.  I’m sure he loved playing someone so subdued, and yet he shines as much as he ever does.  The whole cast is just drool-worthy, though… that was half of the excitement for seeing it, to begin with.  Not everyone has a lot to do, sadly, but my two favorites (Oldman and Mark Strong) get to do plenty… as well as the others.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is cause for a very short Mark Mushakian review, and you know what that means :).  As an actor, alone, it’s probably something I could see a second time in theaters… just to watch ’em all.  As a regular ol’ moviegoer, it’s just as engaging.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy circus table

Grade: A


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