The detrimental effect of expectations on the enjoyment of a film – A discourse and Skyfall re-review

I am taking a bit of a break from the usual review format today and going to hit reflection mode.   I have always understood that the statement in the title of this post is very true, yet I still find myself a victim of expectations.   True, it happens a lot less regularly than it once did, and I can often find something in most films such that I spend an enjoyable 90-180 minutes.   Yet anyone who read my Skyfall review would be aware, my biggest complaint is that the film did not feel like a James Bond film.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Cast: Gary Oldman, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds, David Dencik, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathy Burke, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, John Hurt

Synopsis: Based on the novel of the same name by John le Carre, this is the intriguing slow-burn tale of George Smiley (Oldman), who returns to the British Secret Intelligence Service from which he was forcibly retired to uncover a mole.   His former chief, known as Control (Hurt) had narrowed the mole down to one of four individuals in the organisations higher echelons.   He referred to them by code names; Tinker (Jones), Tailor (Firth), Soldier (Hinds), and Poorman (Dencik).

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