Plot Summary: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writers: Bridget O’Connor (screenplay), Peter Straughan (screenplay), John le Carré (novel)
Stars: Mark Strong, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
Serious Jest: (Don’t Bother) It’s not that the movie was poorly done. It was Oscar bait, so it had a solid cast, with plenty of opportunities for Oldman to deliver strong lines. The script was intelligent, the camera work was good, the scenery was done well, and a great deal of effort was obviously put into making this movie believable and accurate. But it was just…boring. I think this is the most boring spy flick I’ve ever watched. You really have to pay attention to appreciate the intricacies and twists in this film, and I really had trouble staying engaged. I actually fell asleep twice and had to restart from the last boring scene that I remembered. By the end, I didn’t care who the mole was. Maybe this is yet another case in which the novel was much better.