The Tailor of Panama (2001)
USA / English
"In a place this treacherous, what a good spy needs is a spy of his own.
"A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.
The Best Film of 2001 yet...
Dumb. Stupid. Requires short attention span. I'm not talking about the
movie, but rather the people who have critically lambasted this intelligent,
stylish adaptation of John Le Carre's novel. Kudos to John Boorman, Pierce
Bronsnan, Geoffrey Rush and a stellar cast. If you looking for an
alternative to braindead blockbusters and regurgitated teenage comedies,
then you've stumbled upon the right film. Imagine the complete antithesis
of James Bond, a man who puts self before king and country, and loves them
and leaves them with relish - enter Brosnan's Andy Osnard. Sit back and
watch with sheer delight as this corrupt British spook pulls the strings
that sets the U.S. on course for a second invasion of Panama.
Misinformation is the game, and Osnard is planning to get rich on it. His
pawn is the tailor of the title, Harry Pendel (brilliantly played by
Geoffrey Rush). The film moves a snappy pace, the dialogue is witty and
often times hilarious, and the cinematography, music and editing are all
first rate. Who cares if two shots of a jet in the air scream bad CGI?
That's not what this film is about. We're talking intelligent plotting,
great writing, excellent acting, and another sexy, devilish turn for Brosnan
that is slightly reminiscent of his Thomas Crown character. Brosnan, in my
opinion, always fares best when he's playing against Bond type -- and here
he excels. DO NOT listen to the naysayers on this one -- unless GODZILLA or
ARMAGGEDON are your favorite movies. If you appreciate the dense, textured
films of the late 60's-early 70's, then this one is for you. They sure
don't make them like this anymore and you wouldn't know that they had with
regard to Tailor, since Columbia's flying this one way under the radar. As
always, they must be figuring that it'll play to the over 35 demo, so why
even bother promoting it. Sad times these are, folks, when a first rate
entertainment like this is ignored at the box office, and ignored by its own
distributors. But there's always another Scream, American Pie and Halloween
around the corner, so viva la cinema. Highest rating.
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