We went to the cinema this evening, to see
(if you click on the link it takes you to the film's website -
I put in 3 random 'entry codes' and then it just put it in for me.
It's just for fun!)
amongst many other familiar faces.
It is the one time that I was happy not to have read the
book nor seen the previous screen version,
so I didn't know who was the 'baddy'!
Set in the 1970's,
the clothes, colours and habits of the time
were so well observed.
It really was a 'blast from the past' for an old girl like me!
The filming was very '1970's' - often grainy,
with few special effects and, from what I could make out,
Each scene was brilliantly arranged, slowly and carefully
peeling back the layers of this complex thriller.
The tension gradually increased -
the bead of sweat on the brow,
the pen placed carefully on the table,
the sideways glance, the top lip slight tremor -
red herrings thrown in our path,
our doubts about each character increasing
but then confused.
The acting was superb.
Gary Oldman was brilliant in
his very believable portrayal of George Smiley.
The supporting cast, all acting heavyweights in their
own right, totally owned their roles.
We all really enjoyed this film,
and if you like an intelligent and well made thriller
that doesn't necessarily have to be sprinkled
with flashy explosions and improbable stunts,
then I think you'll enjoy it too.