Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Tomas Alfredson

Adaptation of renowned John Le Carré’s novel of the same title. The famous writer also co-worked on the script.
Have my doubts whether somebody unacquainted with the book could easily follow the plot.
It’s a classic cinematic experience. Shot in very cold Scandinavian colours (director is Swedish originally), with impressive set design, costumes and props.
A very successful tool with old v. new eyewear to distinguish between flashbacks and present action. Great period recreation of 1970’s Budapest.
A few changes to the book are mainly geographically oriented, not sure why. Prague turned into Budapest and Bangkok into Istanbul. Budget constraints?
Other than that, the film looks as if it was made in 1970’s which is a plus. Gary Oldman as an introvertic opposite of 007 exceeds any expectations. He does not play George Smiley. He is George Smiley!
5 stars for the costumes and depiction of the world that is long gone and forgotten. But maybe not?
A nice brain teaser and classic cinema at its best!

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