Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy
For being a movie about spies and intrigue, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wasn’t very… intriguing. Also, apparently Alec Guinness was in an earlier version of this film, which is neat. Just wanted to mention that. I like Alec Guinness. I like Gary Oldman, too, but this was definitely not his best role, in my opinion. My, as always, completely correct opinion.
Oldman was a high-level operative with British intelligence until he was fired over a public scandal involving Colin Firth being shot in Hungary. He has to figure out who is the mole in the secret spy agency so he can return to his position and also to secure… spy stuff. Whatever.
This is the boring kind of spy movie. A probably more realistic, if less entertaining type. Oldman is great, to nobody’s surprise, but there just isn’t a whole lot to this movie to keep your attention. Or maybe it’s just me. It’s certainly possible that there just weren’t enough explosions or aliens eating people’s brains in it for a prole like myself. Also it could’ve been that they never seemed to care enough about their own story to try and make it feel important. In any case, I wasn’t a fan, but I wouldn’t try to persuade anyone interested in it not to see it. Though maybe the Alec Guinness version is better, who knows? He was a pretty great spy in Our Man in Havana, after all…