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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was directed by  Tomas Alfredson and was written by Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan and John Le Carre’ who wrote the original novel this film is based upon. It stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt, Mark Strong.

The story follows a secret government agency hiding out in London  called the Circus who deal with possible threats from other countries and investigate suspicious cases and people in order to protect the country from harm.  It is set in the 1970s and follows Gary Oldman’s character Mr Smiley who is an expert in his field and was forced into retirement, now they need him back to hunt down a spy who has been leaking secrets to the soviets.

If ever some one walks up to you and says the British can not make a good film, simply say four words, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This film is just fabulous in so many ways. Firstly it’s clear that this year was made for adaptions to the big screen, we’ve seen the success of Ides Of March, War Horse, Moneyball, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, The Descendants, The Help and Extremely loud and incredibly close . I would go on to name more but the list is simply put, too impressively long. Many of those films mentioned above are getting huge attention at the Oscars.

If you’re looking around for a brilliant spy thriller then look no further, this is it. Tinker Tailor is a fantastic film for so many different reasons.

I shall start with the set, this film is set in the 1970’s and everything fits to it perfectly, the cars, the suits, the houses. It oozes sophistication from every pore it has. Indeed this is how to make a classic film which will last for decades, which makes a point that sometimes like all of us we need to go back to the basics for a while to remember what is it that makes a film truly memorable.  The Artist does this as well.

You almost feel transported back to the 70s by seeing the sets quite literally, normally if say a tv show takes you back in time it’s all glamorised and still feels as though you in the 21st century merely watching a show. Watching this film you feel transported into  the touches the tastes the smell of the 70’s.

The cast is spectacular and what was nice was that instead of everyone constantly being on-screen on all the time, Gary Oldman is of course in nearly all the scenes, no bad thing at all. It does make them more impressive some one like being offered a delicate piece of food which blow you away every time you taste is but it’s quickly taken back and replaced by an all together different style which has the same effect of being marvellous.

Gary Oldman is just truly brilliant and I think this is one of his best performances to date there is little wonder how he is nominated for an Oscar for this, he is just excellence in a suit. I would love to go into more detail about why he so good in this but it’s very hard to describe, besides I don’t want to ruin the experience of watching him on-screen.

Tom Hardy is just superb, really  top class performance. One of my favourite scenes in the film is where Hardy and Oldman are sitting in Oldman’s sitting room talking, the way Hardy moves is technical and emotional and the two of them on-screen make for one of the best scenes of the film.

Cumberbatch and Mark Strong and both excellent as well, not one single actor has a flawed moment or imperfection at all. All of them give their best performances to date apart from Firth who is still best from The Kings Speech.

The tension is almost scream worthy near the end it’s so good, I shan’t say more as you really must see this film, easily one of the best films out this year and for many years.

I would go into more details however I don’t want to take away anything from the experience of watching this film. However I you wish to go into this more than please do comment and let me know.


Indeed I cannot find fault with this film and nor do I want to, It is simply put a classic which everyone must see.