Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

A great story with many layers, you should READ the book but if you’re like me, who are we kidding? There’s a better possibility of me getting struck by lightning. Like I said great story but was the story portrayed well on screen? Not really, the progression of the movie itself is a bit slow but the movie was marketed as a “THRILLER” so like any person I waited for the finale, the grand revile, but there’s nothing grand about it.
At the end of the movie I just wanted to get up and shout “the F**K was that!” “Are you FU**ING kidding me?” it was kind of disappointing, and the main villain doesn’t even get a role in the movie I’m serious, they don’t even show his face but they do show you his hand not even both of them, just one hand. The story is pretty nice, it takes place in the bleak days of cold war. George Smiley (Gary Oldman) (by the way… it’s kind of weird seeing him without his Jim Gordan mustache) an espionage veteran forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6, Ah, the plot thickens. He comes back from retirement because his close friend and mentor Control (John Hurt) was murdered! So Smiley sets out to find this spy, his main suspects are the top 4 people in the MI6, oh yeah, now he has to find out which one is tinker, tailor, soldier and SPY! Your probably thinking “how can this movie be bad” well the movie is not bad, just a bit uncoordinated if you will. They don’t give importance to important scenes, like the guy who puts a mole in the MI6, they don’t even show his face or his importance in the movie. After the end of the movie you will be sitting there and linking the sh*t together, and thinking “I didn’t pay to see a fu**ing, do it yourself puzzle! I paid to see a thrilling movie” but the movie does have a great cast Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and more. So to sum up, is it a great story? Yes. Is it a great movie? No, but, oh yeah there’s a ‘but’, but if they make the other two book into movies, it will be awesome, yeah, this book is a part of a trilogy, should have mentioned that earlier, then again this is why you should read the entire review :D If they make the other two books into similar movie it will be good. Then again I really don’t know why people do this. The origin of any story is good, but you want to see the origin only if the ending is good or if the character is interesting. For example if you showed “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises” first and then you show “Batman Begins” it creates a very unique atmosphere… doesn’t it? like in Star Wars, rather than showing it in sequence, show the interesting part first and then show the origin story. When you take Batman, it doesn’t really matter in which order you release it, people will watch it and like it but when it comes to introducing a new character like “George Smiley” I think the order matters. Some good acting by Gary Oldman, hopefully it doesn't go to waste. 

Wait for the other two, then watch this one to see how it all began.

Watch Meter: Too Much Time

My rating is 6/10


Directed by
Tomas Alfredson
Written by
Bridget O'Connor Peter Straughan
Starring
Gary Oldman 
Colin Firth 
Tom Hardy 
John Hurt 
Toby Jones 
Mark Strong 
Benedict Cumberbatch 
Ciarán Hinds
Music by
Alberto Iglesias
Cinematography
Hoyte van Hoytema
Editing by
Dino Jonsäter
Running time
2 hour 7 minutes
    

    
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