Director : Bill Condon
Producer(s) : Bill Condon and Greg Yolen
Starring : Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey and Jim Carter
Genre : Thriller
Release Date : November 15, 2019 (Nigeria)
Awesome-O-Metre : 6.0/10
Revue of THE GOOD LIAR
The Good Liar is about consummate con man Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) who has set his sights on the recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) who is worth millions. Roy begins plying Betty with his tried and true manipulations, and Betty, who seems quite taken with him, is soon going along for the ride. This time however what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes—revealing more insidious deceptions that will take them both through a minefield of danger, intrigue and betrayal.
What do you get when you mash up two great actors like Hellen Mirren and Ian McKellen aka Gandalf? A good movie that what! These great thespians on the poster was enough motivation for me to go see this film and I wasn’t disappointed. This film gets to show the range they both have and they both brought it! Ian is such a lovable conman that he wins you to his side with his old charm wooing audiences to the dark side just like he does as Magneto. Mirren is also such a lovable and naïve granny eating off the conman’s hand.
However, though these two are the highlight of the film they also were its bane…but I don’t mean that in a bad way because they both played their role perfectly. The thing is that the events of the film ought to trigger fear and trepidation in audiences but we ended up being swooned and focused on hoping they work it out and get together. There was one role where Ian’s character showed us his ruthless side but a few seconds later, we were again swooning to his charm. I don’t know if this was the intention of the producers but I felt that it took away the sting from the film’s tail.
The Good Liar did have a strange ending though especially when the film employed flashback to explain the history of both of its main characters and it felt kind of outrageous and far-fetched and dampened the film a bit more.
The Good Liar is “Adult Cinema” not like porn but people with a more vintage taste in films are more likely to enjoy this more than the Marvel generation. So, if you aren’t into slow burners, then The Good Liar isn’t exactly for you.
Have a blast!