Photo credit: http://benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-p/
First up, if you want a proper review of this film I am directing you to yvaine24's review of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which is here:
What I am writing now is MY personal reaction to the film. As you all know, I speak my mind and I do not shy away from controversy so here goes!
I saw this yesterday night at the Brixton Ritzy. I was massively disappointed. The film did nothing for me and, to be honest, I thought it lacked soul. I found it boring and tedious and unengaging. I could not be bothered with the plot and I did not care one iota for any of the characters in the film. For me, for a film to work, I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. The film has the creme de la creme of British acting talent in it and all I could think was - what a waste!
I realise and fully accept that I am a lone voice in the wilderness. This film is breaking box office records all over town. Three weeks into its run, every single seat in the Brixton Ritzy was taken, and it was playing on the Ritzy's largest screen. It is also playing on hundreds of screens across town and people are flocking to see it. But what I will say is that there are others who feel the same way as me. Quite a few people packed up and left during the film. I actually wish I had done the same. I just fail to see what all the fuss was about.
What breaks my heart was that Third Star, which was a deeply touching, moving and quite beautiful film, was playing on 1 or 2 screens in London, in the smallest cinema in the complex, to an empty house. There is no justice in the world!
Stuart and Third Star speak to me and to my heart. Both films have soul and a heart. I own both on DVD. I have watched Stuart many times over the years. I went to see Third Star three times at the cinema. I know I will watch the Third Star DVD many times over the years to come. I really wish I had stayed in and watched Third Star for the fourth time, not wasted my time watching TTSS for the first. I love all of Benedict's work and all of Tom's work. This is the exception.
I know I will be slaughtered in all quarters for saying this but that is my honest opinion of, and reaction to, this dull, tedious and souless film.
And so, I will post a photo from a film I think people should see in preference to this, Third Star!
Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/third-star-trailer-screenca/