A Most Wanted Man (#58)
As you all know (or should know by now) I am positively in love with John le Carré so when I knew another adaptation was coming out - and better a yet, a well received one - I was incredibly excited and talked a friend into taking me to a screening with her. Alas, while stocked with a top-talent actor list (perhaps overstocked between Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Defoe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl, and Nina Hoss - how can any characters really breathe in there?) and gifted with le Carré’s incomparable spy class, the film failed to capture my attention or concern until the last few minutes. Because le Carré’s spys are all about the agony of life and the waiting that comes with things they can either be tense and full of intellect in a cat and mouse game as in my beloved Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or they can be very dull and confusing to watch unless you know what was happening, as occurred here in Anton Corbijn’s adaptation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good thriller, but not above mid-level in the field even with Hoffman’s very strong lead role.