Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Le Carre Film Ultimate Cold War Game

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Le Carre Film Ultimate Cold War Game

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DESPITE the hype, the accolades and acclaim, this film is sadly more Cold War bore than Cold War thriller.

Based on the grand and complicated espionage thriller by John le Carre, it is set in the early 70s with the Cold War shaping each character's action. The film begins with a botched mission which sparks suspicions about a mole in the ranks of Control.

George Smiley, portrayed with perfection by Gary Oldman, is pulled back into the spy game to unmask the traitor, picking up and dissecting the pieces from where Control left off. This includes photos of the key suspects stuck to chess pieces each assigned a name from the children's nursery rhyme cited in the film's title.

The acting across the board is superb; Oldman's performance is one of supreme subtlety.

Like Oldman's command of the lead role, director Tomas Alfredson's approach is low-key and subtle in everything from the muted colour scheme to the sparse character interaction. …

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