‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ (2016, 15)

Starring Ricky Gervais as his classic ‘The Office’ character, does ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ fly to the top of the charts?

Fifteen years after his appearance in the BBC Two documentary, ‘The Office’, a camera crew catch-up with David Brent (Ricky Gervais) as he plans to leave his job as a rep. at the toiletry company Lavichem and pursue his dream of becoming a rockstar with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’.

I must say I really did enjoy this film. I’m a big fan of the ‘mockumentary’ genre and, although I’ve never seen ‘The Office’, I enjoyed this film none-the-less. Gervais gives an outstanding performance as David Brent,as did all the cast in their respective roles, giving a realism to the movie.

Although some of the jokes in this film fall flat, most of them are strong and certainly had me laughing. The lyrics to some of David Brent’s songs such as ‘Slough’ and ‘Native American’ will definitely make you chuckle while I found that a lot of the private interviews with the charcters were quite humourous.

‘Life On The Road’ isn’t all just gags and laughter though – there are some parts where you can really feel quite sorry for Brent. Although this is done in a funy way, I nevertheless felt a bit bad for Brent at some points. I think this is a good thing as it shows how comedies can be good without being just non-stop laughter, and are usually better when they include emotion and make you sympathise with the main protagonist.

Overall, ‘Life On The Road’ is a strong comedy with fun and humourous gags and jokes. The story is funny and the cast all give good performances, however the occassional joke falling-flat means I’ll have to give ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ nine-out-of-ten.



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