Aza’s 2 Line Review – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – An Elegantly Paranoid Slow Burn Of A Thriller. Oldman & Cumberbatch Are Sensational!

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY is possibly the wordiest and most demanding of attention out of all the recent thrillers in the last 10 years. It throws so much information so quickly, a lot of it disguised in innuendo and code names, that if you are not listening it’ll happily leave you behind in the opening 20 minutes.

This is not an action driven thriller, this is a dense dialogue driven mystery. The dazzling comes from the performances and the centrepiece of the whole film is, of course, Gary Oldman. He’s never been better as the reserved and almost emotionless George Smiley. This is a career highlight for him – understated, reserved and calculated.

The same can be said for Benedict Cumberbatch – who holds his own up against Oldman et al.

Of course when you have a cast of UK’s finest in Oldman, Firth, Hinds, Jones, Cumberbatch, Strong, Hardy and Hurt to play off you can expect great things to happen.

Its handsomely shot, beautifully dressed and incredibly paranoid. Some will be bored by this but I was totally intoxicated by it.