The Big Lie (2019), by Bill Condon – Review

A very visible film, in terms of good work as a director and actresses and actors, but which, however, has a script that is the apology of extravagance.

Starts The great lie with an old man and a lady, equally old, who set up an appointment through a social network. Already from the beginning, they lie: they lie, because they are using false names. We might think that we are facing a drama, in which he and she try to make sense of their lives. Or a comedy, in which he and she try to entertain the viewers. But no, the beginning of lying is going to move to a non-stop lying, and each lie, the greater the excess. That is to say, The great lie It is not exactly a comedy, nor is it a drama, everything and containing a background of revenge, which we see in the final outcome. Nor is it a thriller, or maybe it is. Actually, The great lie It tells an extravagant story, an adjustment of accounts that begins in one way and ends in another, with a filling that is of a total eccentricity. Let's say pretentiousness occupies everything, at least that seems to me. Or if you prefer: a film very well captured, with all the good work of Bill Condon, the director, and the joy of seeing Helen Mirren and Ian McEllen acting together. In other words: a very visible film, in terms of good work as a director and actresses and actors, but which, however, has a script that is the apology of extravagance. Well, more than an extrafactory script, it is the story, which is a twisted one that makes the background of the story, if any, end up exhaling pretentiousness. And I wonder: what does it cost, with such good professionals, to plot a more plausible and coherent story? Anyway, I have no answer. In any case, it could be The great lie a movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon, spectators stabbed in oily popcorn, while they doze on the couch.

He might like those who are unconditional fans of Helen Mirren and, especially, Ian McEllen, who does a whole recital.

As I noted, the best of The great lie is that, as a trade and mastery of forms, it is very much in the line of English cinema. But not even this can save the history of its pretentiousness. In any case, The great lie I might like those who are unconditional fans of Helen Mirren and, especially, Ian McEllen, who does a whole recital.


Synopsis Roy Courtnay is a professional scammer who can't believe his luck: he has met the wealthy widow Betty McLeish online. As she opens her heart, Roy surprises himself by realizing that he harbors feelings towards her, turning what should be an easy and simple scam into one of the most complex situations in his life.
country U.S
Direction Bill condon
Script Jeffrey Hatcher
Music Carter Burwell
Photography Tobias A. Schliessler
Distribution Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Mark Lewis Jones, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Phil Dunster, Laurie Davidson, Michael Culkin, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Athena Strates
Gender Intrigue
Duration 109 min.
Original title The Good Liar
Premiere 12/05/2019

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