Ricky’s reflexive sneer
Anthony Lane demolishes Ricky Gervais’s new film, The Invention of Lying, in the New Yorker. The killer paragraph:
Audiences here should be reminded, at this point, that Gervais found his fame on the BBC, with The Office and Extras, and that the execration of religious faith, specifically Christianity – plus a reflex sneer at the fools who fall for it – has, in the past decade, become the default mode of British cultural life. It makes sense, I suppose, for Gervais to use his film to air such mockery, if spiritual belief genuinely strikes him as a lie like any other; the plan would carry more weight, however, if he didn’t use the rest of the film to air his transcendent belief in Ricky Gervais.
Our reviewer was gentler, but no less critical.