March 17th, 2010
I watch a lot of movies these days, most I just put on while i’m doing work so i don’t concentrate too much on them but others I sit down and watch undistracted. So I thought while I had a few minutes i would write a review of “The invention of lying” staring Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner.
The first thing that struck me about this movie is how cheap it looks. From the sets to the on site locations, soundtrack and strangely the quality in which is it filmed. This actually leads to my second point, there are lots of stars in this film who may have eaten away at the budget. Along with Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner the film also stars Rob Lowe, with cameo appearances from Tina Fey, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton.
The basic premise is kinda the opposite of liar liar which was a great film. Ricky Gervais is a man in a world where nobody can lie, lying was never invented/discovered and everyone overtly tells the truth to the point of sheer rudeness at times. Ricky Gervais plays a down on his luck loser who just lost his job and is about to be evicted when he discovers he can lie, although he doesn’t know what it is he’s doing. This sounds like a great idea but it is let down with poor writing/acting and execution.
Now i’ve never been a fan of Ricky Gervais and I remember why now…he’s not funny….at all. We’re talking Peter Kay levels of unfunniness. He’s also a terrible actor. While others may find his mumblings cute and funny, seeing as he plays the same character in every single thing he’s in, thats not acting, that’s just being himself in all his project.
Jennifer Garner is the bright spark of this movie, while the writing overlooks a lot of her talents, he delivery is a far better with better comic timing. Also all the cameos from famous people provide great comic acting as well, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Edward Norton make even the worse of writing funny. The two scenes involving the actors were the best of the film.
Product placement is rife in this movie, within 10 minutes they are already advertising Budweiser and Pizza hut is massively advertised in the film as well.
While Ricky Gervais looking like Jesus and acting like Moses was surprising it didn’t do anything to raise this film in my eyes.
To summarise, the writing was substandard, the film looked and sounded cheap, the plot was predictable and the highlights of the film can be youtubed if you really want to see them.