Film Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Hollywood is running out of ideas. The evidence for this is in the scores of remakes, sequels and adaptations that plague the silver screen every single year. And it’s only going to get worse. Thankfully, every once in a while, one of these remake/sequel/adaptations gets it right. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one such example and you’ll need to make the jump to see why.

Smoking is an essential part of being a spy

I recently watched the five-hour BBC Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (yup, it had commas) miniseries and was blown away by its subtlety and expert characterisation. The film does a fantastic job of respecting the original novel adaptation.

“Impressively, the filmmakers retained many of the subtleties and pacing that made the BBC original so strong, with only minor gripes about plot conveniences  that jar next to otherwise clever composition. Our biggest complaint is the fact that some of the compelling characterisation featured in the BBC series takes a back seat for the sake of  plot advancement.”

To check out the rest of my thoughts, swim on over to the NSFW Australian Penthouse website here.

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