'The Little Drummer Girl' receives mixed reviews on social media critics with some calling it 'outstanding' and others 'too slow'
Good or bad, boring or intriguing, the show is the perfect tribute to every classic spy movie and show ever made.
The Florence Pugh starring spy-espionage drama has received a plethora of good reviews from media critics, however, the situation seems to be a little vague with the Twitter critics. As the first episode of 'The Little Drummer Girl' aired on BBC 1 on October 28, fans took to Twitter to state their opinions about BBC's second adaptation of a John Le Carre novel (the first being the 2016 Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie starring show, 'The Night Manager').
Coming from the same team as 'The Night Manager', the show follows the young and aspiring actress Charlie (played by Pugh) who becomes a matter of interest to the Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon) and Becker (played by Alexander Skarsgard). Marty, who is intolerant about the Arab-Israel conflict, is determined to capture a terrorist. While some fans received the thriller as a perfect tribute to classic spy movies, others were confused what the show was actually about. One fan commented, "It can't just be me that has no idea what on earth #TheLittleDrummerGirl is all about....surely?"
This has been on 25 mins and not a clue what it’s about.. #TheLittleDrummerGirl— Lucy (@xMissLucy) October 28, 2018
Some were even confused by the periodical setting of the show.
Fans also claimed that the slow-burn thriller was way too slow for them, as they got pretty bored in the first half an hour.
However, the show was also praised by many who stated that the design, the acting, and the cinematography contributed largely in the incredible storytelling. Some actually regretted the fact that people found the show boring. One fan wrote, "Sad to see #thelittledrummergirl getting all these bad reviews - was really looking forward to watching it especially as it features the delight who is @Florence_Pugh - I'm sure people are just impatient with the storyline- give it a chance ppl." Taking on those who have criticized the show, some of the followers claimed, "I see #TheLittleDrummerGirl hashtag is full of people saying it was confusing. I'm guessing those same people spent the whole hour on their phones."
I thought #TheLittleDrummerGirl was brilliant. Beautifully shot and an excellent opening episode that didn’t spoon feed. Perhaps if some people actually concentrated for the entire episode rather than check their social media every five minutes they might’ve felt the same. Maybe.— Ben Peyton (@BenPeyton007) October 28, 2018
Some fans praised the quality of the show, mentioning that, "#TheLittleDrummerGirl anyone that doesn’t appreciate this has a very low IQ."
The quality of #TheLittleDrummerGirl is just outstanding & we're only 15 minutes in!!— jennie wilks (@jenniewilks1) October 28, 2018
The set design, script, music, acting & director it's all so on point!!
Although the show has received a mixed response from its fans, most claiming that it is slow and "boring", it should be kept in mind that just like any spy thriller, the Chan-wook Park directed show is ultimately a slow-burn which truly makes it an intriguing watch. Pushing the audience to the edge of their seats, the show has the capability of continuously prodding us forward with hints and clues, here and there, but never really reveals the true intention of the characters. The slow-burning nature of the show makes it hard to wait for, as one fan says, "Obsessed with #TheLittleDrummerGirl already but also now have to wait until next Sunday for the next episode so I’m both enraged and in love!"