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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

(R) 127 mins

(R) 127 mins

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: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (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.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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