Wow, that was a great movie. I actually understood what was going on! And apparently, that’s something I should be proud of considering that the only feedback I’ve heard about this film was that it was extremely difficult to follow the plot.
The basic idea (really basic) is that Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, a “retired” agent for the British Intelligence, asked to return to work to uncover a double agent that has been planted in the British office for a long time. There’s a lot of great acting, particularly Gary Oldman (obviously) and Benedict Cumberbatch (his eyes!). Great music, great cinematography, it had a late Hitchcock style to the filming, in the sense that the viewers’ eye slowly unfolds the answer at the same rate as the protagonist. The camera angles highlight the answers, and I’m sure, if I were to watch it again, there would be a million clues suggested by the camera itself.
I have always loved espionage films, it’s exciting and thrilling to not know who to trust, and there’s an unnerving sense of doubt in the conclusions you draw throughout. In a lot of Christopher Nolan movies, there’s that constant back and forth between illusion and reality, to the point where no character, no audience member, can truly decide what is true and what is not. This is applied to several espionage films, even like James Bond, in the extreme amounts of double crossing, undetectable lying, and the shattering of trust in both the characters and the storyline itself.
It really is thrilling. See this movie, see it!