Tuesday, October 6

The End Is All I Can See

"What you know is gonna change the world forever?" (Anna McDoogles)

"Just like The Office and Extras, you're gonna watch it for the comedy. But I am gonna sneak in some other ideas, an emotional journey and some drama," Shout And Twist's 4th Favourite Comedian Ever Ricky Gervais told BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo of his directorial debut The Invention of Lying. Having just watched it, though, he more than 'sneaks' in these other ideas. Heck, the whole picture turns from romcom-with-an-angle to a pro-atheism sermon on why it's healthy to look beyond what 'they' tell you.
Really, it mocks the ignorant world like Sacha Baron Cohen did with Ali G/Borat/BrĂ¼no, but in a trackway where Gervais plays a God named Mark. Jennifer Garner is splendid as the vulnerable Anna, the one who rebuts her surrender to fakery by choosing what to give credence to all by herself (albeit via an unnecessary romantic subplot).
It's depressing in a good way, too. Anna sadly represents the bulk of humankind's illiteracy, but her picking to take in her heart even after Mark tells her that there actually isn't 'a man in the sky' is what one hopes from all of Christ's kids. Or at least their kids.
What does let it down a little is its lack of humour, but then we already knew Gervais left his finest hit wonder back in a Slough office.
So, following the poor showing that was Extras (and the Hollywood adventures), RG is seemingly back in the best way possible.

DL
Muse 'Thoughts of a Dying Atheist'