Violence to literature ought to be a new class of victims in our culture of losers. That, along with sarcasm as a controlled substance. When I walked out of this movie I felt like I had seen Iron Man again but with different clothes. Downey should stick to comic books. In a tv interview Jude Law said he never read the originals. I think it onley appropriate that those who deface and demean great fictional characters should remain ignorant of their origins. Ultimatley this movie had too much in common with the League of extrodinary overpaid gentlemen - not much acting and too many slow motion fight scenes.
This movie was like watching three stories all at once. None of them had much to recommend. Danny Craig turns in a good performance which can't save this movie from itsself. Rooney whats her name barely says two words in the film yet, will probably be given an oscar for being assaulted on screen and in turn assaulting the guy who did it. Female on male violence being so hip these days. Christopher Plummer seems to consistently play "evil rich" dudes. Long way from capt. von Trapp. Oh yes, lest we forget, there are also nazis. Ho hum, if it wasn't so depressing it could have been a Speilberger film.
If you haven't read the book you'll never figure out what's going on. If you have read the book you'll want to throw up, if you can stay awake. Gary O. is so intent on being subtle he almost disappears. Poor Colin Firth should have passed this turkey by. The screenwriters can't have read the book - more's the shock Le Carre' was listed as one of the producers. The rest of the cast were almost invisible due, in large part to the script and poor direction. Save your money, wait till it ends up on cable so you can at least change the channel!
After sitting through the 2012 version I had to praise the Guinness performance as the best homage to the source. the Guinness portrayal so outshines Oldman that the producers should hace just re-issued this one. These characters make the cold war seem very real. The new version doesn't seem to be relavent to any time period. The supporting cast in this movie - including the great Ian Bannen - out shines the 2012 movie in every case. This is a movie every spy buff must have along with Smiley's People.