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'A Most Wanted Man' Is a Bittersweet Gift from Philip Seymour Hoffman

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | April 11, 2014 |

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | April 11, 2014 |

We’re in a difficult time, after the tragic passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor that held a very special place in the heart of many a Pajiban, but before the last films he worked on come out. Every new performance we’re given of his will be a treasure, but an incredibly bittersweet one.

The trailer for A Most Wanted Man was released today, and it’s the kind of (as Seth wrote in his full review) “hard-boiled, slow-burning spy drama” that I always desperately want to like and very rarely actually do. It’s directed by Anton Corbijn, and based on a book by John le Carré, which is the same director/source writer team behind Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. My god, did I want to like that movie, and sweet Godtopus did I not. If you did like that movie, you’ll definitely go in for this one. If you prefer your spy dramas quick-fried, well, there’s still the way Hoffman says the word “barracuda.” I’d sit through Tinker, Tailor, Boring, Sleepy twelve times in a row for that.

Oh, right, the rest of the cast is incredible too. Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe. It really doesn’t matter that I probably won’t like it. I’ll see it. Maybe twice.

Vivian Kane often wonders why every movie can’t be ‘The Fugitive.’

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