September 18th, 2011

TTSS - Ben

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I went to see 'TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY"  on Friday 16th September at the Greenwich Picture House. There were signs stuck on the window and up in the box office to say that all showings of this film for that day were sold out. I was very glad that I had booked online a couple of days before.

"TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY" is very, very good. The acting, by the creme de la creme of  British acting talent, is superb. You honestly could not get a better cast than this one. A film with any one of these actors in would be worth seeing, one with all of them in should have people rushing to their local cinema's in droves.

I haven't read the book by John le Carre, which this film is based on, or seen the TV series, so I went to see the film not knowing anything at all about it and I was hooked after about five minutes and I stayed riveted throughout. It is a spy film, about the Cold War, in an era in which that war was played out not so much on traditional front lines with regulation weapons, but by using psychological warfare and suspicion. Getting inside your opponents head and twisting what they know to be true until they don't know who to trust or which way is up. Yes traditional weapons, and torture to get information was used, but it's the stuff going on behind all that which makes things really interesting.
The film is also very much about the relationships these men have with each other and the people around them, friends, lovers, wives, and even their counterparts on the other side. How they interact with each other, betray people they care about, sacrifice those they love for the good of the country they serve. It is a very human story set in a very unstable arena.

I could go on and on about how amazing the cast is, because they are all wonderful actors, superb at what they do, and we each have our favourites among them.

I have followed Gary Oldman's career for many years, and he is consistantly good in everything he does, his role as George Smiley is no exception. Colin Firth is another favourite of mine, as is John Hurt. And Tom Hardy is definitely one to watch, he was quite simply mesmerising as Ricki Tarr. It was also wonderful to see Kathy Burke in what is these days a rare acting role. And do I really need to mention the absolute awesomeness that is Benedict Cumberbatch, well yes I suppose I do really.....

Benedict was bloody brilliant! His character is intensely loyal to Smiley and he expects loyalty back in return. He is calm and collected, but he knows how perilous his position could be if he is caught helping Smiley and if things go against them. He helps anyway, because it is the right thing to do. He believes in what he is doing so strongly that he sacrifices his own personal life and happiness away from the 'Circus' so that nothing can be used against him, and to protect someone he cares about. Benedict was, I think, perfectly cast in this role and on a purely basic level.......he looks so amazing in those suits!!!!!  

I really enjoyed "TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY" I'm even thinking about going to see it again. I would absolutely recommed it to anyone, and I have done already to several people. After all it's a very good film, superbly acted by an amazing cast, why wouldn't you want to see it!

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Belated tribute to Emperor and Galilean!

Belatedly, in tribute to Emperor and Galilean, and Andrew Scott, and how much the production came to mean to me, and others on this com (mentioning no names!), I have put the original NT Emperor and Galilean poster and flyer on the sidebar. I was very tempted to replace Sherlock and John at the top of the community with it, but this com started with Sherlock and everything grew out of Sherlock and Benedict, so I couldn't do that. However, E&G is now on the sidebar!

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Thought for the Day

Comes courtesy of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, currently playing at Shakespeare's Globe, and Tim and Rachel Hughes, who wrote the lyrics for a hymn that we sung at All Souls today:

What good is it to gain the whole world
but lose your soul?

Image courtesy: Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare's Globe