My Thoughts on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I delayed my list of my favourite films of 2011 as I went out to see some last-minute possible contenders.  I saw War Horse on Sunday and I now I went to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy today.

The film is an old school Cold War spy thriller in which a British spy named George Smiley (Gary Oldman) attempts to find a Russian mole within British intelligence.  It’s a very slow paced film with a puzzling plot and there are still some aspects of the story I don’t fully get.

If anything, the film should be checked out for the excellent performance by Oldman.  Oldman is just one of an excellent British cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy (Inception), John Hurt, Tobey Jones, and Mark Strong (for once not playing a villain).

Overall, it was a quite intriguing spy thriller.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).