You may blame (I don't) Susanne Bier, how she adapted John Le Carre's novel into a movie. You may blame (I don't) the cast for faithless implementation of the characters described in the novel. Or, you may blame (I don't) the cinematography for too much or too less arrangement of atmosphere. Non of it would cope with it. But what is a bit missing is the uniqueness of the story. So, if you want, blame Mr. Carre.
4 stars for colman's pregnant detective character. 2 for the rest. Hiddleston was a mannequin. Laurie was even less nuanced than his House character. Every time Harewood entered the scene I thought it was a commercial - worst performance I've seen since chuck Norris on tv. Hollander was good.
It could have been so much better if it wasn't so consistently campy. Hugh Laurie is usually great but here he resembles a caricature of a James Bond villain without the spunk.Tom Hiddleston is fantastic though and its in his nuanced work that makes the story soar.
Great mini series with fine character work by the cast. The direction by Bier is stellar and the tension is slowly tightened as the episodes goes on. Sure, there might some parts that defies logic and belief, but never let that get in the way of a good story.
3.5. Not terribly believable on critical plot points and as much as I love Laurie I don't think he was the best choice of villain. Still, very well made and enjoyable if you check your disbelief at the door (something I usually find hard to do but reasonably able to do here).