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whoops, sorry about the typos. Unfortunately, there is no delete for me to fix my post.
I must respectfully disagree with TS. I found TINKER TAILOR to be one of the finest films of the year. The slow build pacing set up Gary Oldman's superb understated performance, which may be the most exceptional of his career leading to a much deserved best actor nomination. If you have trouble with the time shifting of the plot, just watch the costume design, when they are wearing clothing of the 60's, its the 60's, when they are dressed in 70's attire, its the 70's. Also, in the 60's Oldman's glasses are of regular thickness, when its the 70's and he's much older, they are about a half inch thick (glasses are a metaphor for many of the character's in the film, symbolizing who is looking clearly and how hard they happen to be looking. As TS stated, the pacing is slow and deliberate, but I find it leads to a more nuanced film that, in my opinion, may be the finest spy film ever made. If you are a fan of Tomas Alfredson's other truly great film, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, do yourself a favor and pick up TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. It'll be right up your alley.
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Mar 30, 2012