Hello Classic Enthusiasts- We are reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for the month of April and we will also be watching the film! Please read all details carefully so you understand why I am charging a fee. The event will take place at my apartment complex the Uptown in the theater room.
Why am I charging a fee for this event?
The Uptown Apartments require a $250 deposit in order to rent the room in addition to a $20 fee. Therefore, I am asking everyone to pay a $8.00 fee of which 100% is completely REFUNDABLE if you cancel 36 hours before the event. The $8 fee per person will be used to offset the $20 fee to rent the theater AND I will be providing snacks and some beverages (water, wine, etc.). Any remaining dollars will go into a kitty for future events and I will re-adjust the RSVP fee as needed.
I will be sending additional details as we get closer to the date for those of you who will be attending. Please let me know if you have any questions! Carissa
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Anglo-French Cold War espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. The film stars Gary Oldman as George Smiley, and co-stars Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch andCiarán Hinds. Set in London in the early 1970s, the story follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of the British secret service.
The film was produced through the British company Working Title Films and financed by France's StudioCanal. It premiered in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The film was a critical and commercial success and was the highest-grossing film at the British box office for three consecutive weeks. At the 84th Academy Awards the film received three nominations: the Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and for Oldman, Best Actor.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy received generally positive reviews. The film holds an 83% 'Fresh' approval rating from 201 reviews collected by review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a dense puzzle of anxiety, paranoia, and espionage that director Tomas Alfredson pieces together with utmost skill". Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating in the 0–100 range based on reviews from top mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 85 based on 42 reviews, equating to "universal acclaim".
Jonathan Romney of The Independent wrote, "The script is a brilliant feat of condensation and restructuring: writers Peter Straughan and the late Bridget O'Connor realise the novel is overtly about information and its flow, and reshape its daunting complexity to highlight that". David Gritten of The Daily Telegraph declared the film "a triumph" and gave it a five star rating, as did his colleague, Sukhdev Sandhu. Stateside, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, "As Alfredson directs the expert script by Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor, the film emerges as a tale of loneliness and desperation among men who can never disclose their secret hearts, even to themselves. It's easily one of the year's best films." M. Enois Duarte of High-Def Digest also praised the film as a "brilliant display of drama, mystery and suspense, one which regards its audience with intelligence".
Detractors of the film included Peter Hitchens of The Mail on Sunday, who wrote that the plot would be too baffling for viewers who had not read the book, and that the film's makers had "needlessly messed it up". David Edwards of the Daily Mirror wrote, "The big question – and one Le Carré himself asked when the film was announced – is whether such a hefty novel can fit comfortably into a feature-length production. In answering this, the writers have pared things back, meaning it's far pacier than the seven-part TV show. Unfortunately, the plot is every bit as bewildering with an overload of spy-speak, a few too many characters to keep track of and a final act that ends with a whimper, rather than a bang." Writing in The Atlantic, le Carré admirer James Paker favourably contrasted Smiley with the James Bond franchise, but finds this Tinker, Tailor adaptation "problematic" compared to the 1979 BBC mini-series. He writes "To strip down or minimalize le Carré, however, is to sacrifice the almost Tolkienesque grain and depth of his created world: the decades-long backstory, the lingo, the arcana, the liturgical repetitions of names and functions".