Review by Lauryn Angel
If you are a fan of Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, or John LeCarre, the BBC’s adaptation of The Night Manager has probably been on your radar for a couple of months now. As a fan of all three, I have to admit that I’ve been pretty anxious to see it. And for the most part, it lived up to my expectations.
The Night Manager is the story of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), a charming night manager at a luxurious hotel whose attraction to a beautiful woman makes him privy to some dangerous secrets, which he shares with British Intelligence. The fallout from his affair haunts him – so much so that when he encounters the man he feels is responsible for her death –Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) – years later whilst working at another posh hotel (this time in Switzerland), he feels compelled to bring Roper to justice. He infiltrates Roper’s operation with the aid of Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), the no-nonsense head of a very small secret enforcement agency who is out to get Roper at any cost.
Tom Hiddleston is great as Jonathan Pine – charming one minute, deadly serious the next. Colman channels her Broadchurch character as Burr (a male character in the book), and it’s easy to understand why her staff bends over backwards to get the work done. Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki are solid in their roles as part of Roper’s entourage – Hollander as the faithful retainer and Debicki as the mysterious mistress. But it’s Hugh Laurie who steals the show in his turn as the scheming industrialist whose business deals are not above board.
The series isn’t perfect – some episodes drag a little and some of the supporting characters are little more than stock characters – there’s a lot to like about this modernization of Le Carre’s novel. There’s plenty of eye candy here, from Hiddleston’s steamy sex scenes to the exotic locals to which Roper travels with his entourage. It’s was certainly satisfying television, whether you chose to watch on a weekly basis or binge-watch all six episodes. (I binge-watched. It was glorious.)
Available on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, August 30th.