I really was not at all fussed about seeing this film, because I thought that it was about the Cold War and spying. I don't much care for spy films (except the excellent BBC drama "Cambridge Spies"). But then captivebird told me that TTSS was not just about Cold War spying – it was about love, loyalty, trust, loss, betrayal, friendship, duty and double-crossing, When she told me that, I started salivating. So I will be going to see this film just as soon as I can - but that might not be until the back end of next week.
In the meantime, I will be relying on the twin gospels of Empire and the Telegraph, both of which have given it 5 stars.
Cut and pasted from Empire:
London, the 1970s: After a fiasco of a covert operation, British Intelligence spymaster Control (Hurt) and his right-hand man George Smiley (Oldman) are sacked. Then shocking but persuasive information that a Soviet mole has penetrated to the heart of the secret service prompts the Whitehall wallahs to task Smiley with spying on the spies.