I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a movie. It wasn't that I couldn't follow the story - altough one member of our group said it was too confusing. It was that I had no reason to want to. The very complex plot had so many twists and turns, the movie was unable to do more flash quickly from one to another leaving no opportunity for the viewer to make a connection to any of the characters. Without that connection, without caring about the charactrers, the whole story became rather pointless. Torture, betrayal, even murder lose their impact if you have no interest in the people involved.
Perhaps if I had read the novel or seen the mini-series, so that I had some sense of these characters going in, it would have been different. As it was, I felt as though the whole movie was just an in depth synopsis of the book, giving me the plot but not the story. Long before the movie was over, I had stopped wondering who the mole was; not because I had figured it out, but because I just didn't care.
Plot versus character. Finding the balance. A critical part of crafting a story. Watching this movie reminded me why.
How about you? Have you seen Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy? What did you think of it? Have you seen or read a story lately that missed the balance between plot and character?
Groaner of the Day: A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.