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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Urban Glasgow Movie Critique Reply with quote Report this post to Mods









This iteration of John Le Carré’s 1974 Cold War spy novel ‘Tinker Tailor Solider Spy’ has the twin shadows of the book and TV series hanging over it. This may sound like a bad thing but I can assure you, it's not.

I, personally have never afforded myself the privilege of reading the tome - but was 'forced' to sit through the TV series as a child as my parents watched it. I may have fawned indifference (as was fashionable in the punk era, for all things parental), but, if I'm completely honest, I avidly awaited the next episode. Just disguised my zeal with all the skill afforeded by Mssr Smiley and his ilk.

George Smiley .. as any damn fool should realise .. is the main protagonist in this cinematic adventure .. now played by Gary Oldman, lately much-missed by serious cinema – a British spy so colourless and dissimilar to James Bond that he would fit more comfortably in the tea rooms of a provincial railway station than on a tropical beach or in a sports vehicle, firing ordnance most unpleasant.

The tale is more or less as Le Carré delivered as same, give or take the odd piece of judicious tinkering to fit in with the contemporary politic – Hong Kong becomes Istanbul, for one, and Czechoslovakia is now Hungary. But the gist is still the same.

A well-connected civil servant, hushed, circumspect and clandestine Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney), recruits Smiley and an assistant, the younger spy Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch, erstwhile known as 'Watson' to Smiley’s 'Sherlock'), to decode which of his ex-colleagues is a disaterously suceesful mole, passing secrets to the Russians. Others are starting to believe what Smiley’s old boss Control (John Hurt) had long suspected before his ousting from the service following a bungled operation by taciturn, hard-as-nails spy Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) in Budapest: "there’s a ‘rotten apple’ at the top of the service."

Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (‘Let the Right One In’ .. a cinamatic experience I CANNOT recommend highly enough!!) blows a fresh air of continental style into Le Carré’s story without harming the 1970s British period feel of his source material. There’s a touch of ‘The Ipcress File’ to his ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ in the playing and, trust me, in that there is no bad thing.

Oldman’s Smiley – more haggard, sinister and silent than the assignment afforded by Guinness but with enough of a hint of the great man’s gravitas, *more* than pulls the task off with enough momentum to match the great mans initial performance .. I won't say he surpasses it, because I would be lying, in my humble opinion .. Guinness was insurpassable and insurmountable as an object to be circumvented in his portrayal of Smiley. A hard act to equal, let alone outdo.

But still .. this is a world of dusty files, clapped-out caravans and remote prep schools .. at times you need your wits about you to keep up with a tangled, interleaved web of a plot, and prior knowledge of the book or TV series certainly smooths the ride.

Not "entirely" necessary, but definitely recommended, to extract the most enjoyment from what's on offer .. as is the case with the majority of ports from the written to the celluloid .. in my opinion anyway.

Naturally, some episodes (instances) from the book and TV series don’t make it into the film, but it’s remarkable how much remains, often secured by a sly glance here or quick image there, which in itself adds to the enjoyment of the viewing experience.

This spy story, as it was always intended to be, is all about the journey – the process – and the backwaters and b-roads of the route, not the grand finale. This film’s superb cast, script and direction threaten to make that journey equally as thrilling as Le Carré’s book.

And that's something I never thought I'd say of a remake of something so complicated, convoluted and involved.

Marks out of ten?

12.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I went to see this knowing the series and the book and was shocked by the low score from the media on this movie.
I thought Gary Oldman has been long overlooked as a serious actor and sat through this totally engrossed.
If i am fair I would say the book still has something to offer to those who have not read it but all in in all i fully agree with the 12/10 rating you have issued.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

It's on my list this year, along with populist films 'Senna' and 'The Iron Lady.' Giving '14-18' a go on the recommendation of Empire.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

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I went to see this knowing the series and the book and was shocked by the low score from the media on this movie.
I thought Gary Oldman has been long overlooked as a serious actor and sat through this totally engrossed.
If i am fair I would say the book still has something to offer to those who have not read it but all in in all i fully agree with the 12/10 rating you have issued.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I enjoyed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I thought I would find it dry, even my wife enjoyed it

Try and see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, Mission Impossible, we enjoyed all of them
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

norrie wrote:
I enjoyed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, I thought I would find it dry, even my wife enjoyed it

Try and see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, Mission Impossible, we enjoyed all of them


I thought tinker tailor was a bit complicated but it got there in the end.

Mission impossible was good as well.

Bridesmaids was fun and drive was slow but got going when the violence started...

Tower heist and devils double are on my to do list.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods





I have just watched the "Excision" celluloid rendition.

I know I usually write a detailed précis of any movie I feel to be of merit .. but this movie is so very, very gravimetcally magnetic, whilst simultaneously being SO wrong, I feel I can't delve into the heart of where it comes from without damaging myself.

A *truly* disturbing movie .. in every sense .. and, given my disposition, I feel I can watch most things and not feel it surpasses what goes on inside my own head.

This movie does that and more .. truly wrong.

Cinematically superb, casting - brilliant -  character acting may seem wooden (from the main protagonists) initially, but when you realise the subject matter and where it comes from and where it's going you'll see it is perfectly suited.

I actually had to watch this movie in three goes, it was so disturbing .. and coming from me - that's saying something.

There are no big names ( bar Malcolm McDowell) in the cast, but don't let that put you off .. the movie is compelling .. in the same way that looking at a decapitated road crash victim is.

Difficult to look at .. hard to look away from.

This may well deserve to be in the movie thread .. but the search faci!ity in this place is so sh!t I cant find the cnut.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

sounds interesting mate will look it up this very instant  

Oh and is this YOUR thread your looking for
http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/about2843.html&highlight=movie
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Mate .. it's PROPER weird.

be warned.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Lawless.

If you like Boardwalk Empire then you will like this.
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