May 22, 2017

“Tinker, Tailor” teaser posters – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Stop selling me. I’m sold. Bring on the movie. I’m ready.

Seriously, the marketing materials for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” have been among some of the year’s best, from a taut and unnerving trailer (see below) to these new posters teasing Alfredson’s amazing cast.

Even if I hadn’t seen Alfredson’s outstanding vampire thriller “Let the Right One In,” the hook of these teases would be more than enough to have me standing in line to see this John le Carre adaptation.

But knowing how gifted Alfredson can be behind the lens has me positively salivating. Almost every line of the trailer drips of discomfort and suspicion. The cast is wall-to-wall character actors, and you know Le Carre has penned them formidable parts. This one is high on the list of “must sees” as the awards season approaches.

Now, I refine my patience. “Tinker” will not be in Toronto (at this moment), though it is playing Venice and New York. Maybe I need to get to NYFF. Cover this and Roman Polanski’s “Carnage.” As I contemplate travel, I’m also going to order one or two of these posters, which remind me of ‘70s paranoia classics like “The Conversation” and “All the President’s Men,” in the best way possible.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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