The film and its protagonist are slow, thoughtful and quiet, in sharp contrast to the flashy( and, nowadays, somewhat angsty) style of James Bond; similar to what the novel( by an actual ex-spy) did for the genre in print in 1974.
Gary Oldman gives a stunning performance as George Smiley, somehow making less into quite a bit more as the character’s reserved style & mannerisms all speak volumes to an audience which is increasingly drawn into the intrigue & the subtle looming danger while he follows twists & turns on his way to tracking down a mole at the highest levels of British intelligence.
See this film – but be warned, it’s not a casual romp. To keep track of what’s going on, you’ll need your wits about you almost as much as the intelligence agents onscreen.
4.5 stars out of 5, and an Oscar wish for Mr. Oldman.
Also, here’s a neat article about an easily overlooked aspect of film creation: George Smiley’s glasses are key to ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’.