MBiP Rating – 4/5
I hope you are well today, so I thought today I would do a little media review as I haven’t done one in a while. And The Night Manager was such brilliant show I needed to write about it. Although the programme is now finished in the UK, I know there will be a few people who haven’t see it and planning on watching it on catch up or waiting for it to be released on DVD. But it also hasn’t aired yet in America, so this may help a few American friends decide on wether to watch it or not.
So start of with The Night Manager is based off John Le Carre’s novel of the same title. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Coleman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. It follows the story of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) who is ex-solider turned night manager working at a luxury hotel in Cairo, Egypt. His life is unexpectedly turned into chaos when he finds copies of a guests bank documents showing illegal arms dealing under the name of Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). After passing the documents on to British Intelligence, Pine finds himself at the mercy of Angela Burr (Olivia Coleman) who work together to infiltrate Roper’s life.
So I have to be completely honest and admit I really wanted to see this purely because of Tom Hiddleston. I think he is an amazing actor and I love the diversity of work he does. But the show became so much more than Hiddleston, although he definitely made quite an impression on people around the UK. I was also very impressed with Hugh Laurie, I’ve never been much of fan of his but I really liked him in this. He played Roper brilliantly and made him the perfect love/hate villain. And as always Olivia Coleman was brilliant, I honestly don’t know how she was able to film this while being heavily pregnant especially with some of the hot climates they were filming in.
Although I haven’t read the book, I know they changed parts of the story and updated it so it was relatable to today’s world politics and unrest. The story is a little slow especially considering it’s a 6 part mini series. But there is pros and cons to this fact, as it means you can full understand whats going on because there is a lot of business and politics mumbo jumbo that happens. So if you did not have the time to process the story while watching it you may get slightly confused. But I did find myself at certain points in a episode wanting the story to pick up or something exciting to happen. Overall though the story was entertaining and found myself at the end of each episode itching to finding out what happened next. And the finale episode is pretty spectacular also.
Hiddleston’s performance as Jonathan Pine is a star performance and leads the stelar British cast. Pine is brought across in the beginning a quite a vulnerable character but with quite high moral standards, which later leads into his strength in completing his task at hand. Hiddleston’s performance compels you to believe there is chance that Pine will not survive Roper’s wrath. But when the tides turn in his favour and becomes a part of Roper’s gang, he brings you along for his ride through wealth, luxury and illegal fire arms dealing. And to which Laurie’s portrayal of Roper perfectly counteracts Hiddleston’s pine. Laurie makes you wonder how such a loving father can death and devastation to war zones by selling dangerous weapons. The supporting characters just help bring the characters story closer together, in Pine’s corner is Olivia Coleman’s Burr who is trying to bring Roper down. And Coleman is just brilliant and gives the story a bit of tongue and cheek humour. But in Roper’s corner is Tom Hollander’s Corky who is on to Pine and trying to bring him down before he ruins Roper.
All in all this is a great show and is one the shows that is continuing to show how great British drama is becoming. I gave a 4 rating just purely because of the slight dips in the story but this programme is worth the watch and has a great British cast.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I tried to keep it short and sweet after my long post last time.
But until next time,