June 11, 2012

GMC Day 11: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Gary Oldman, Colin Firth


I wanted to like this movie. I really did. It stars Colin Firth (someone Ricky Gervais called universally loved), other British people, a historical setting, and a mysterious plot. Combined with the excessive critical acclaim it received, it seemed like a sure thing.

But here's the thing about critical acclaim. Sometimes I'm convinced the critics wanted to like it just as much as I did, and rather than admit it was boring, they just passed it along to an unsuspecting public who claimed they liked it as well. And all along the way, anyone who didn't like it gets accused of not 'understanding' it or 'appreciating' it. (Notable examples of this: Syriana, Thank You for Smoking, Good Night and Good Luck).

So I'm going to go out on a limb by myself and say it: this movie is boring. So boring, in fact, I didn't even care who the spy was by the end. If you're going to call a movie a "thriller," there should be some actual thrills involved. I'm not saying they should resort to car chases and shoot-outs, but some kind, any kind, of action might have kept me fully awake and invested in the plot.

Final word: For a movie about "intrigue," it was less than intriguing. 

The Great Movie Challenge - read it from the beginning here.

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