John le Carré’s classic spy novel is turned into a absolutely riveting, fiendishly clever and complex thriller.
Set in 1973, it more than measures up to the iconic 1970s TV series that starred Alec Guinness.
Gary Oldman is subtle and patient as spycatcher George Smiley, who is brought out of retirement by John Hurt to root out a Soviet mole at the heart of the British intelligence service.
Benedict Cumberbatch helps him work out whether the traitor is ambitious Toby Jones, dapper Colin Firth, solid Ciarán Hinds, or even Hungarian David Dencik.
Thanks to brilliant acting and Tomas Alfredson’s deft direction, it’s very rewarding finding out.