Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy*

Despite the Vast Obscene Array of British Acting Talent (John Hurt, Toby Jones, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Cieran Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, honorary boy Kathy Burke) it didn't blow me away as expected.

It was very classy, very slow burn (a weirdly zen & meditative pace for a thriller, we all confessed to drifting off at points and losing the plot).

But the book is wonderful. I'm kind of glad I didn't read it first, I think I would have found the film frustrating.

* Overheard in the cinema afterwards "I didn't get the tinker tailor bit."
"Well they didn't have a sailor because it sounded too much like tailor. And the other three were tinker, tailor & soldier. And none of them were called spy because, well, it would've been a bit of a giveaway."


  1. Ummm it's for boys. I was called a Philistine for not enjoying it - ITS DULL - BLOODY DULL. I don't care what anyone says. That's my opinion. Tom Hardy eye candy though in those tight trousers - lord have mercy.

  2. I'm not a boy, but I quite liked it. It is about a boys club, for sure.

  3. I forgot to say, also Roger Lloyd Pack & Simon McBurney...

  4. Trig was in it?

    I think "A Naive & Sentimental Lover" is a masterpiece. Le Carre is a brilliant talent.

  5. Simon McBurney - who knew!

  6. Oh yah - I saw this on a date Annie - it is so not a date film....