The Good Liar Review
Thefanboyseo.com offers up its The Good Liar review which stars sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren and directed by Bill Condon.
What do you get if you have a good director working with two of UK’s best veteran actors based on a novel by Nicholas Searle? A decent cat and mouse movie apparently.
I wasn’t really hyped by the film but seeing that the cast was exceptionally good, I just had to see it. Also I have a small crush on Helen Mirren.
The Good Liar was a movie with a slow burn and a lackluster payoff. You usually watch these types of movies for the ending or at least the reveal but for this one, I really think it could have done better. But more than the film, I put the blame on the source material.
Look, I’m not saying the film is bad. It actually has its moments. But it’s just, we never fully enjoy how things panned out in the end.
Here are some of the things that make the movie stand up for me:
- Helen Mirren does an outstanding job as Beth in the film. Can she do “vulnerable” and “trusting” old lady? Yes she can. She can do it damn well. And then when the third act rolls in, things slowly unfold and we get to see another dimension to this lady.
- Who knew Ian McKellen, a dear sweet man who played Magneto and Gandalf, can play a conniving old man? Its him that brings the intensity and intimadation in quite a number of scenes in The Good Liar. He is in all intents and purposes the good liar.
- Like I mentioned earlier, there’s a twist here in this movie. Its not THE best twist but its still a serviceable twist for the third act. Getting to that point is still the thrilling bit for the movie. If you frame it this way, you’d be satisfied with the film.
- Cinematography was great for this one. Close ups are tight and establishing shots are done perfectly.
- Musical score for the film was top-notch. It has served its purpose of providing mood and tension. It’s not Dunkirk but hey its serviceable.
The Good Liar Review – Verdict: 7/10
Catch “The Good Liar” still in Cinemas distributed locally by Warner Bros Pictures Philippines