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Jan. 24th, 2012 | 02:54 pm

I saw Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on Chinese New Year Eve (shush, you old Chinese guilt), and couldn’t find a way to talk about the film without sounding like an idiot trying to speak through a Dalek filter. My references are wide and wild. Fear me.

The film is a film student’s wet dream – the script, the camera angles, and the choice of shots, the costumes, the set and the amazing performances. Every single thing in this film serves the story; tell us (the audience) something about the characters in play. I’m amazed by the sheer complexity and subtlety this film employs.

It is also really interesting, to me, how such a cerebral and purposeful film can also hit me on such an emotional level. There is a difference between emotional manipulation (see Korean dramas, Spielberg’s films or Grey’s Anatomy) in film/media and a clinical execution of a film that somehow chokes you in its mounting tension, and then leaves you emotionally barren. Yet – ENTHRALLED, and needing to see it once again.

Gary Oldman is utterly phenomenal in this – he will now forever be George Smiley to me. I was utterly enthralled by his soliloquy, and just so very gutted by the smallest shift in his body language. The man deserves the fucking Oscar for this performance.

Tom Hardy is a revelation – just, guys, you don’t understand my feelings for this guy. I never got the Tom Hardy love that fandom seem to have for him. Sure, he’s pretty, but as an actor he just never clicked for me. I would like to apologize now because his work in this film made me believe. It was amazing, heart breaking, and oh gods, yeah, he was Ricki Tarr for me. This is important, because my feelings for Ricki Tarr of the books can be pretty much summed up as LOATHING.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam. Dear gods, he was perfect for the role. I was so worried when he was first cast, because I loved Guillam in the books, and Cumberbatch was not what I had in mind. I APOLOGISE. Just, there are scenes of him in this film that nearly broke me. Just wow.

I’m going to see this again.

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from: kickinpants
date: Jan. 29th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)

LOVED THIS MOVIE. I couldn't believe how tense I got by the last reveal scene. (I literally was gripping the armrests of the movie theater chair.) Gary Oldman was amazing, and I actually didn't recognize Cumberbatch at first with his cute shaggy haircut. (He was awesome.)

That wallpaper that they had in their Circus meeting room should get an award just because it was so crazy.

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Jan. 29th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)

It is so good.

The tension was amazing, and because I read the books over 15 years ago I couldn't, for the life of me, remember who was the mole. The way they kept tightening the screw was amazing. Such an amazing film.

Oldman need to win that Oscarm and Cumberbatch was so good in this. I keep on forgetting just how many films I have seen Cumberbatch in. He has this amazing ability to be someone completely different each time he is in a film.

The WALLPAPER! EEEE! I have the biggest crush on the set designs of this film.

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