Amazon Prime Review: The Night Manager (Season 1)

First off, let me be clear that this show has actually been on Amazon Prime for nearly 3 years, and I’m simply very, very late to the party. And a party it was, as I actually remember watching the 2017 Golden Globes (you know, when La La Land basically swept the night with 7 wins…then went on to lose to Moonlight at the Oscars, lol classic!) as the show won three of its four nominations, only losing in best limited series. I also remember thinking at that time, “I should really check this show out,” except that I didn’t for three years…but I’m here now, better late than never, so let’s do this review!
The Night Manager casted two British actors who I regularly wish to see more of, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, and also includes a great performance by Olivia Colman (who recently won best actress at the 2019 Oscars for her role in The Favourite, and consequently won the hearts of people everywhere with her lovely acceptance speech). And the three of them knock it out of the park. I mean, the three globes that the show took home that night were for these three actors’ performances, so it makes sense. But each in their own way, just fantastic acting all around. They really dive into their characters and the drama that unfolds, and it shows. The premise of the show is that Hiddleston’s character is the night manager of a hotel who is recruited by a British Intelligence agent (Colman’s character) leading an operation to infiltrate an organization run by Laurie’s character, a billionaire weapons dealer. As you can imagine, there is a lot of suspense between characters as stories unfold and lies are revealed. I was a bit confused for the first two episodes because they introduce a lot of characters and then proceed to kill some off and jump ahead in time (knowing this in advance might help you in a way that I wish I would have known ahead of time before starting). The show is only six episodes for the first season, so it goes by quickly, especially as the drama and character building draws you in. Oh, and the cinematography! The locations they filmed in are beautiful, including Switzerland, Egypt, and Spain. I’m sure that it was such a drag to be a part of the background supporting cast for this one…unrelated, anyone know where I can apply? 🙂
All that being said, I’m not exactly sure if or when there will be another season? This one really wrapped things up nicely, and as much as I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t actually mind if they left it as it ended. But knowing entertainment, they will probably want to draw things out way past their expiration…ugh. Hopefully not. But I did like this limited series, and there is plenty of intrigue, romance, action, and double-crossing for everyone! Thanks for reading, and I have concluded that I am going to make my next non-theatre post a double movie review, as I attempt to tackle both Velvet Buzzsaw and Bird Box, two semi-recent Netflix movies with very different critical and audience receptions. Cheers!

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