I finally caught the latest le Carre adaptation earlier this week, after gorging myself the past month on Smiley’s People and the Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Of course a lot of people have pitched this as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s greatest work, embarrassingly I am not too familiar with his artistic output, but his performance in this as a washed up spy is fantastic. Robin Wright and Rachel McAdams have also been receiving plaudits for their supporting roles, strangely the MSM have overlooked Willem Dafoe for his performance, he might be typecast as a bit of a cunt, but its a role he plays to perfection in this.
The film is drawn out quite a bit, perhaps a touch too long, even for a le Carre adaptation. Parallels can be drawn in the tone, pace and style of the previously mentioned The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, as well as Coppola’s much forgotten 70s flick The Conversation, which at the time lost out to Coppola’s Mafioso masterpiece The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards. This film is also Oscar bait, I can see PSH getting a posthumous nod next spring.
If you have a brain and enjoy slow burning thrillers, this is a film for you.
I totally forgot to mention the most amusing scene, a nightclub chase in Hamburg where they are playing D.A.F. Der Mussolini, I didn’t think that moment could get any more German!