Friday, April 13, 2012

Tinker, Tailor, Oldman, Guinness

I just finished watching the 1979 BBC mini-series "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."  It has aged rather well.  The cast is first-rate.  The six-part series follows the exploits of George Smiley (Alec Guinness) in uncovering a mole in MI6.  The made-for-TV series moves slower than the recent version staring Gary Oldman as Smiley.  The faster-pace has its pluses and minuses.  The TV version is sometimes to slow but the pace gives viewers an opportunity to keep pace with the plot intricacies.  The pace of the movie is good, but you better put the DVD on pause if you leave the room.  I liked both, but I would give a slight edge to the newer production and a similar nod to Guinness over Oldman as Smiley.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review! I admit, I had a tough time following some of the film, but I agree regarding the acting—prime!