Ricky Gervais, known ‘comedian’ and now amateur film-maker brings us the latest of his work in the controversial form of ‘The Invention of Lying.’ The film revolves around the concept of a truth-based world, where almost everything is the same, but people have to speak their mind and never tell a lie. That is until one day, one man, Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais – Ghost Town, The Office, For Your Consideration) discovers he’s unlocked the capacity to lie, enabling him to shape the seemingly innocent world around him.
However one of Mark’s seemingly harmless lies spirals the very basis of humanity out of control and he subsequently creates God, who he refers to as ‘the man in the sky.’ Now such a high-end concept film such as this earns its title of a little film thinking big and whilst it may gain a few brownie points for that, it can majorly affect the film’s success in the long run. Now whilst it did score a few points for thinking big, ‘The Invention of Lying‘ causes itself too much trouble for what it’s worth. Despite a perfect depiction of Anna McDoogles as an apparent emotionless robot by Jennifer Garner (Daredevil, 13 Going On 30, Juno), and a lovable performance by Jonah Hill (Accepted, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad), the film’s plot, if you can call it that is awfully put together and at times not particularly entertaining.
But if you’re not big on the laugh out loud comedies, you might like it and if you like lying, you might like it even more… Or will you? But if you had a choice between this and any other comedy released this year, you’re more likely better off seeing the alternative, why? Because unfortunately, ‘The Invention of Lying‘ doesn’t have the wow factor, it doesn’t impress, it just scrapes satisfactory. What’s more is that despite Gervais’ creative output, it just can’t compare to any successful Hollywood blockbuster, which is ideally what he was going for, he’ll need to try again. But at its best; it’s witty, it’s imaginative, it shows telling fibs in a whole new light which makes you think twice about telling one, but at its worst, it’s bland; It feels like all the cameos are rubbing your face in it and it lacks resonance. You can watch it, but I wouldn’t be in any hurry to do so. 2.5/5