I love a clever concept. I love it even more when a clever concept can be carried out. Such is the case with Ricky Gervais' The Invention of Lying. Gervais, known for the British version of "The Office", writes and directs this film which follows a man, Mark Bellison, who lives in a world where no one lies. No one has ever told a lie. Everything said is taken as truth. Until one day, when the man realizes he can say things that aren't true and get what he wants.
This is where "controversy" comes in. As Bellison begins telling lies he creates this incredible vision of where we go after we die, and a strange description of a man up in the clouds that decides things for the earth and let's bad things happen. In essence, Bellison is lying to create God, who isn't there. The fact that there isn't really a God is not the main point of this film. The message lies deeper. It's actually a perfect dialogue on what/why people believe in. As a Christian, I found it to be a creative way to open the floor for discussions on faith.
The script is witty. The concept is beyond clever, it's brilliant. The acting is dry, in the perfect way in needs to be. The cameos by Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Edward Norton are fun. This is definitely worth checking out. It's a very similar film to something like The Truman Show.

1 comment:

Asst. (to the) Room Mom said...

Ricky Gervais is awesome and I'll watch almost anything that he's in/endorses. He was the only reason that I watched the Golden Globes. :-P