Monday, January 10, 2011
Writer: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, and a ton of other people who wanted to be in a ricky gervais movie
i think the title pretty much covers it. in a world where everyone tells the truth because lying doesn't exist, a guy who is totally down on his luck begins to lie. hence fiction and religion begin.
I don't know quite how to think about this one. The universe presented in this film is exactly like ours, except there's no fiction of any kind. I had a lot of difficulty in accepting that premise. They could have put some effort into making a more believable environment. Wouldn't a world free of all fabrication appear to be Utopian or, more likely, the exact opposite?
The production, acting, etc. was just fine. But in attempting to take that base premise at face value it's still tough to find a lot to like in the story. This is another example of a set of characters about whom it's difficult to develop any emotional investment. It seems like the only reason Gervais pursues Garner is because she's hot; and even though at the end she appears to be a nice person I don't see how it's worth that much effort. I do understand the motivation for lying, but big deal. Also, knowing a bit about Gervais and his material it was disappointing to see him using some pieces of the movie as a clearinghouse for material which works MUCH better on stage. We know Gervais can pick a good script and do well with it, but this venture failed on that level. Maybe he just can't write a feature; but more likely this was green-lit on his name and little else.
There were some nice cameos, though.
shme. i was completely optimistic when we sat down to watch this. i mean it's ricky gervais. the guy can make pointless discussions with an idiot into a completely entertaining and successful pod cast/show. unfortunately and apparently, he can do wrong. this concept, i think, may be too big to create a movie around. there were too many questions i had about this alternate universe, and it didn't allow me to enjoy the movie....plus jennifer garner. maybe louis c.k. could cancel her out, but...no. he just didn't have enough screen time do accomplish that feat. i had heard there was really no redemption in the characters and i completely agree. jennifer garner's character was a total bitch and i cannot fathom why ricky gervais' character would be attracted, nay, undyingly devoted to this chick. there was nothing else to her besides her "beauty". that's not enough. i also had a problem with the constant "truth telling". just because no one can lie doesn't mean people are going to blurt things out. no one needs to offer up information without some one asking. does that make sense? eh. disappointed.