David Brent: Life On The Road
Posted Sep 04, 2016
Only now, he isn’t a manager, he is a salesman turned musician extraordinaire and the lead singer of Foregone Conclusion, where he is accompanied by a ragtag band of mercenary musicians just looking for an easy paycheck.
Going in to David Brent: Life On The Road, I knew that after 10 minutes I would know if I was going to love it or hate it. I had been late to the party, with many of my friends already seeing it and had given me their thoughts, and also hearing many reviews, many of which were generally average. This filled me with a sense of intrigue, as I knew I would be able to make my own mind up a lot easier and hopefully choose a side, and hopefully not leaving me feeling completely ‘meh’ about the film. And, as I say, after 10 minutes I knew, I was going to love it.
Life On The Road has exactly the sort of humour you would expect, cringe filled one liners, laughing through your fingers, holding your forehead ‘I can’t believe he just said that’ comedy. But oh how well it worked for me. Many of you will hate Ricky Gervais’ humour, after all it is aimed at a certain group, and he appeals to that group. But what he knows is, those that wanted more of Brent, would love this film, and those that did not want more, simply wouldn’t watch. I didn’t know I wanted more of David Brent I admit, and was very unconvinced upon announcement of the film, thinking to myself, I’ll catch it on Blu-Ray or Netflix. After seeing the trailers however and having a couple of days where I was able to get down the cinema for a couple of hours simply to see what was there, I couldn’t resist a viewing.
This isn’t a game changer, nor is it the funniest film of all time. It isn’t even the best film Ricky Gervais has starred in, but what it is is hilariously funny, clever, risque and also very touching at times. Gervais has nailed what he set out to do, and that was make people that find David Brent to be a funny character, laugh a little bit more at him. He has done a great job of appealing to those he wanted to appeal to and make a very funny film I didn’t know I needed David Brent: Life On The Road, but I seemingly did, and now admittedly, I think I want more.