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Jason Wallis Despite the hype, ‘Tinker, Tailor’ is old-fashioned snooze-fest

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 7:43 am | Updated: 7:25 am, Sat Jan 14, 2012.

Hope you all enjoyed my top 10 list last week, and gleaned some useful recommendations. This week I’ll take a very quick look at “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” which made my “most promising films I didn’t see” list but ended up being one of the most spirit-crushing disappointments of the year. I honestly don’t have much to say about such an empty film, so I suppose I might as well squeeze in my predictions for the Oscar nominations, set to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at which point you will surely marvel at my peerless prognosticative abilities.

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is based on the classic novel of the same name by John le Carre, which is widely considered to be the greatest spy story ever told. It is the sophomore directorial effort of Tomas Alfredson, who gave us the beautifully realized “Let the Right One In” just a few years ago. It boasts one of the most impressive casts of any movie last year, including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones and Tom Hardy. And it’s a gorgeous film visually, perfectly capturing the look, feel and all-encompassing paranoia of the Cold War at its apex.

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  • Stephen Wiebe posted at 10:22 am on Sat, Jan 21, 2012.

    Stephen Wiebe Posts: 17

    Got around to watching Tinker, and I actually quite liked it. I think I would have been pretty confused if I had watched it in a theater though. I was able to watch it at home with the benefit of pause and rewind, and I think that helped quite a bit in understanding everything that was going on.

  • Stephen Wiebe posted at 12:30 pm on Sat, Jan 14, 2012.

    Stephen Wiebe Posts: 17

    I haven't seen Tinker yet, although it's still on my to-watch list. Is your top 10 list published online? I don't see it.

  • Eileen Ryan-Carbin posted at 4:19 pm on Fri, Jan 13, 2012.

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    I thought Tinker was really good. Good story, good acting, good cinematography and unlike many who have criticized it for being too complicated, thought the complication to be a strength because it allows us to be a detective as well. It also had alot of emotion and the ending was beautiful and satisfying.


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