I fully expected to hate this because Gervais drives me up the wall, but it works (mostly) because Brent is a brilliantly written character, worthy of Dickens: a man whose catastrophically tragic insecurities manifest themselves in monstrous scumbaggery, but ultimately you want to to fix him rather than punch him.
Perhaps I'm biased in that I consider "The Office" to be an essentially perfect piece of television art, with a neat bow of an ending, but it seems a shame for Ricky Gervais to follow up that fondly remembered show with a halfhearted Netflix special that feels created solely to be even more bleak and cruel than "The Office," and to strike a blow against perceived 'political correctness.' So...mission accomplished?
The problem is, why bring all that circunstances to David Brent life? The depression, the music,... I really had some god laughs with the begining of the movie, some really good The Office vibes, but after that, meh...
i'm giving it a two cos i kinda feel sorry for it otherwise it would have been less. its actually very sad a lot of the time but not sure its ever actually funny. in fact, it leaves you feeling pretty depressed which i'm not sure is the objective of comedy. pretty certain its not.
I am a big fan of Ricky Gervais as David Brent in The Office which is one of my all-time favourite TV shows. I therefore had high hopes for this movie and expected some fantastically entertaining cringe moments and big laughs. However, I came away feeling very disappointed and not especially entertained. The Office this isn't.
Deliciously excruciating. Such a strong character is Brent that the premise [unlike most other sitcom adaptations] stands up consistently through the duration of a feature length movie. Well written, cast, and downplayed.