On the face of things, The Invention Of Lying is just another average movie, not worth another thought after being watched. However, when the credits began rolling and I saw that this was written and directed by the star, Ricky Gervais, it ended up disappointing me on a whole other level.
Ricky Gervais is a considerable talent. His stand-up is good and in The Office and Extras, he is responsible for two of the best comedic television shows of the 00s. So why does The Invention Of Lying fall so short of those standards? Does Gervais need Stephen Merchant to keep his writing in check? Gervais' delivery helped elevate some of the lines from absolutely pointless to mildly amusing, but when he wrote those lines in the first place there is a problem. His performance is decent, but only that, and he has yet to show he can carry a feature-length film.
An another, slightly pedantic note, although the setting is a world where people cannot lie, the way this is presented just bugs me. It's premised on no one ever lying, so they constantly say things like 'You're fat and ugly' which is entirely different to not lying-it's actually speaking your mind unprompted-which they don't bother addressing at all. Its distracting and totally drew me out of the movie. Ultimately I'm not sure this would make a good sketch, never mind a whole film. One to avoid.
Totally agree... awful film.
5th Mar 10
It's a great idea, but it's not an idea to build a movie around. It's an idea that should have been used on a sketch comedy show on a recurring basis, not one which you'd have to sit through for 2 hours. If they had just presented the basic concept in a different format, it could've been really successful- unfortunately, it wasn't.
6th Mar 10
Well, I liked it and thought it was very good.
1st May 10
Er...Why? I don't mean to insult you, but if you could explain why it was so good, it'd give your comment more validity.
2nd May 10
Well, I disliked and thought it was very bad.
3rd May 10
Well I for one thought it was a funny, good movie. Was the premise a little overdone at times, did it maybe get a BIT heavy-handed with the "no lying = saying everything you think instantly" schtick? Maybe. But you're going in to see a movie where one man spontaneously develops the ability to lie.. And he's the *only one*. If you're worrying about base ideas, you're in the wrong theater.
25th Jul 10
I thought it was a hilarious light-hearted movie, whether or not it was well made is irrelevant to me from a subjective point of view as I enjoyed it either way. Was it good, generally? I say that if you keep the Belisarios maxim in mind then it is excellent, if not, then it's a very simple movie with emphasis on the gags and pretty much nothing else.
27th Jul 10
29th Dec 10
7th Feb 12
People who just complain get on my nerves. You're not supposed to take it that seriously. It's a comedy, a silly little movie based around a concept, a what if scenario. I'm sorry but people who have to analyze and find fault in everything must live a sad life. This wasn't suppose to be a game changer or promoting a message or anything. The premise in itself should have told you it was just another movie to draw in a few bucks in exchange for a few laughs because we know its ridicolous and we go to see this ridicolous to entertain us, not developing some thought provoking ephiphany that would change our lives.
7th Feb 12
7th Feb 12
(edited by: Tomwithnonumbers)
Its a distant memory but... I remember enjoying it.
7th Feb 12
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