Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The invention of lying (2009) ★★★★☆


The plot:

This is a world where lies and deception do not exist. Everybody says the truth all the time. So much so that the notion of truth doesn't exist. In this world, there cannot be any work of fiction. Cinema is limited to filming a man on a chair narrating history. In this world, Mark Bellison is a loser, a failed cinema writer who's getting fired. But he will discover that he can lie... A capacity tantamount to a super power. This power will change his life and it can change the world. For good or for bad.


My verdict:

This is a romantic comedy but its context is a sort of fantasy. And this context is so full of potential that no single story would be able to harness all of it. Knowing this, the plot could have gone way crazier than it has and there might be a slight disappointment about how conservative the story remains. It remains quite faithful to the standard structure of your usual romantic comedy. Still, it is refreshing and shows how lies, white lies, and other forms of trickery can be a positive aspect of our lives. Also, for once, I'm pleased to see Jennifer Garner in a role that she can handle. She's a very pretty woman but beauty is not everything and I think her roles in Elektra/DareDevil or Alias were too ambitious for her. Here, in The Invention of Lying, she's doing a very good job. Ricky Gervais is doing Ricky Gervais. As far as I'm concerned, I love his work so I'm fine with this. But if anyone expected anything new from him, it won't be in this movie. Overall, a very good movie due to the originality of the context, the British humor, and the mirror image of society which hides lies so that we notice more easily how much we lie in very casual moments of our lives. Well worth 4 stars.

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