Must See Movie...
I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
The Night Manager is an elegant well acted film, on all levels, drawing us in until its very last moments. Bravo!
A very lavish production like The Night Manager should have done a serious effort and try to go beyond the usual Bondesque hero-vs.-ruthless-baddie and rescue-the-girl story. The beautiful cinematography and the exotic locations don't save the show from sounding so untrue for most of the time. It is a pity that a great actor like Hugh Laurie ends up with such a cliché villain. And Tom Hiddleston's character is particularly unconvincing, I'm afraid, though he tries his best to make it appealing. It would have been a great show in 1965.
Consistently well done episodes and pretty amazing acting kept me watching until the season was over. I won't remember it for long but I also can't think of any huge mistakes it made. A casual viewer pretty much won't notice any mistakes. The movie also intentionally holds back and doesn't make it's characters overreact for no reason. Overall it was a blast to watch but it didn't have that many layers beyond that for me to think about.
OK, maybe not dead altogether, but dated for sure. LeCarre worked -and subsequently became a writer- in a time before religion mixed with (or took over?) politics and suicide bombers took over suave gun-carrying secret agents. So his adventures look dated per se. Yet, his skeptical view of international politics allows him to be enjoyable by the readers, or viewers, who do not believe everything is black or white. The hallmark of a LeCarre story is, halfway through it you are still unsure of who to root for (sometimes all the way to the end) Sadly, all that is lost in this adaptation. The villains may be charming, but it's very clear they are baaaaad, and if the good guys (they are depicted in crystal clear manner too) don't get them, their own clients will. All the bad guys get is the sarcastic one liners -but in the end they are going down. It's a Bond plot without the gadgets, which are the only thing that makes Bond movies barely watchable.It could be a consequence of the American market, where gray toned nuances have never been popular, and are soundly rejected by today's good-beats-bad, happy-ending-seeking crowd. But the fact that English actors and crew work in this one, and it was indeed premiered in Brit TV before coming to the US, seems to say that our friends across the pond have also grown tired of moral ambiguity. So, I guess a London-based superhero is coming soon to the small screen -while in the real world, people die in conflicts which are not even remotely similar to these ones.