|Title:||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Let the Right One In
|07.22.12||Netflix|| Gary Oldman and a really solid supporting cast play 70s British intelligence officers, one of whom is a MOLE!!!!!!!!!|
Seriously though, this is a wonderful throwback to the hardcore spy movies of the 60s and 70s. And by that I mean the serious ones like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold or Three Days of the Condor... The Quiller Memorandum... and less the spoofs or goofs like the Flint and Matt Helm stuff. Completely straight, no action really, lots of talking that you really have to strain to follow, and still you kind of have to watch it a second time to really follow each beat. I really thought these movies died in the 80s and it's pretty awesome to see another one pop up.
And talk about that cast. In the beginning of the movie, we see John Hurt, the head dude, step into a room of his senior staff. In one shot you're introduced to Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, some other dude, and Gary Oldman. The guy I don't know does a great job too but still... all these actory type actors all around the same table. Fuck yeah. The cast is padded out by Guy Ritchie favs, Tom Hardy, and a few other random familiar faces. I love how since it's the 70s people totally embrace balding. I feel like it's been a long time since I've seen so many actors with non-shaved balding heads. it's great. One scene in particular one guy (who I remember seeing somewhere, had to look it up to realize he was one of the husbands in Friends with Money) is just out of a gym shower after raquetball and his hair is CRAZY all over the place. Awesome.
So yeah, this movie took me a while to pull me in but by the end of the first hour I was firmly embraced. I just love how substantive it is. Gives me some faith that maybe more of these adult (in the most non-porn way imaginable) movies might get made.
And of course, Oldman was fantastic and understated and quiet. A master at work, you know?
ok, gushing over I guess.