David Brent: Life On The Road is a film that brings back one of Ricky Gervais’ most iconic characters. The film catches up with the once popular office manager from the the very popular TV series, The Office (2001). We get to see what David Brent is up to, what he’s doing and what his latest project now is. But should you go out and see this film this weekend?
There are two types of people who will potentially go in to see this film. The ones who are fans of The Office and the ones who maybe never have seen it. For fans of The Office, I’m sure they will enjoy the film. Who doesn’t like seeing one of their favourite characters return once again? I wish I could see many of my favourite TV show characters return on the big screen, especially old favourites. For people who maybe have never watched The Office, they may be a little lost as to who this character is, but the film is still fairly funny whether or not you know David Brent or not.
It’s not all perfect though, I love the The Office because it’s set in an office environment and the David Brent character is known for that. While this story does have David in the office in multiple scenes, much of it is situated around his time trying to become a lead singer in a band. It’s okay, but there’s a lot of negativity about how bad he is at being a band member, it’s alright at first but the band scenes do really stretch out way too much over the films run time and I didn’t really enjoy the story of David Brent the singer.
Acting wise everything is good, I do enjoy watching Ricky Gervais, but fans possibly would have wished to just see a lot of the characters they knew from the TV series on the big screen again, many of which I believe are missing.
Overall David Brent: Life On The Road does deliver a lot of laughs and the audience I was with couldn’t stop laughing at many of the jokes for most of the film. Considering this is just a plain comedy film, I believe it does do the job of giving you a good laugh. It’s just unfortunate that I feel the story was slightly negative and uninspiring, with the band scenes being I think too much at times. Otherwise the film’s a good laugh, if you like British humour or are a fan of The Office, it’s certainly worth taking a look at if you can.