Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Opening November 18, 2011

Sometimes, you really luck out with a cast. This subtle and dark trailer doesn’t give much away about its content or its characters aside from the one obvious charge: there is a mole, and it’s one of these five men. The story sounds fascinating, and the trailer looks absolutely terrific. Now to the men involved: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Toby Jones, and that’s not even including the cast members not specifically credited, such as Ciaran Hinds, Christian McKay, and Simon McBurney. It’s hard to imagine that a film with a cast this insanely strong, mixing those more venerable and established actors, such as Hurt and Firth, with those up-and-comers like Hardy and Cumberbatch, could be full of anything but terrific performances. It’s sure to draw some attention for its inclusion of Firth alone following his Oscar win last year. This story was already made into a TV movie starring Alec Guinness back in 1979, and that was a hit. The British often know how to make good thrillers, and this looks plenty stylized (for a good TV example, watch the miniseries “The State Within” starring Jason Isaacs). I can’t wait for this one, and I hope it’s as bleak and good as it looks.

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