David Brent: Life on the Road - 4 Stars
Directed, written by and starring Ricky Gervais, DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD is a feature length film which sees a documentary crew catching up with David Brent twelve years on from the mockumentary ‘The Office’. Brent is now a traveling salesman, chasing his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’.
I love Ricky Gervais’ work - from The Office to Extras and Life’s Too Short. However, some of his movies (Special Correspondents) haven’t been as critically strong. This is the exception. 12 Years after the Office finished its TV run Brent is back and more socially awkward than ever. Expect to cringe for 96 minutes. What’s refreshing is the emotional touch to this film. Gervais has learnt a lot from his past work and he now writes strong characters and comedy, you really empathise with Brent - there was one moment where I was fighting tears.
Gervais’ also wrote all the music for this film and its extraordinary. Brent is so socially inept and that shines through in his music. The soundtrack is something to be truly cherished.
Overall this is a comedy masterpiece. Beautiful performances from all, great score, script and a whole new level of emotion The Office lacked. The best comedy of the year - not to be missed!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas