The Night Manager

The_Night_Manager_titlecardThe Night Manager (2016) – 6/10

Cloak and dagger television series adapted from the novel of the same name by John le Carre.  A nod to my father for his love of intrigue and a great spy novel; maybe my interest in this genre is genetic.

Tom Hiddleston is the enigmatic night manager of an exquisite hotel in Cairo.  He is ex military, cool and calm under stress.  Aloof and apparently irresistible to women.  A fate he cheerfully accepts.

Hugh Laurie plays his nemesis.  An evil arms dealer unfazed by the deaths his actions permit.   Strangely and blindly loyal to those he holds dear.

The night manager is recruited by British intelligence to infiltrate the arms dealer’s inner circle.  A most wanted man for some time but clever enough to remain just out of reach. I think revenge forced the final crack in this man’s armour.  Revenge for witnessed atrocities that burned and possessed.

Directed by Suzanne Bier.  Did her influence create the depth of character of the female roles?  Three women, backgrounds glimpsed, motivations cemented after contact with the night manager.  A heavily pregnant British intelligence officer an unusual sight in the field.

Complex and exciting.  Gorgeous scenery.  Well acted except for the ‘oh my gosh this is so obvious’ ogling between Hiddleston and Hugh’s paramour.  This went on for the last few episodes and was so annoying that it was, for me, a major detractor.

I was disappointed to read that they are considering making a season 2.  I think the story is finished.


Only Lovers Left Alive

Only_Lovers_Left_Alive_English_film_posterOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013) – 7/10

Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Jim Jarmusch.

Cool, moody, reflective. Eve (Swinton) and Adam (Hiddleston) – a vampire couple are together for centuries. Immortality, however, is not without difficulties. Their undying love is the strength to consider time without end.

Scenes of the lovers together are breathtaking; the glowing light of Eve contrasts the dark, brooding Adam.

The languid aesthetes ponder music and literature.  Their one true companion succumbs to tainted blood, a sign of the times.  Eve’s sister injects an unwanted frenzy, compelling the pair to run.  A chance encounter draws the couple and renews their primal drive.  Alive in love.

Great sound track.