in about 100 words or less
UK/France 127m, Colour
Director: Tomas Alfredson; Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciarán Hinds
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an adaptation of the 1974 John le Carré novel of the same name. Set in London during the 1970s, this is a deeply complex tale of espionage and paranoia involving the covert investigation of allegations suggesting that the head of British Intelligence was compromised. Gary Oldman’s chameleon-like portrayal of the aging spy George Smiley is remarkable and may be his finest performances to-date. Stylistically, this unglamorous slowly paced film has an authentic 1970s era look and feel that slowly builds suspense in a manner not often accomplished or even attempted in contemporary action-based espionage films (Klaus Ming January 2012).