Let me set the scene here so this doesn’t come off as a Ricky Gervais bashing post; I enjoyed The Office, Extras, Cemetery Junction and his first two stand-ups. I though Fame was lazy and a bit dull though and while Science is an improvement, it’s still a bit haphazard.
For a start the title didn’t really relate to any of the material, a small niggle but an indication of the lack of effort put into the material. The majority of the performance was made up of his own self-praise, trying to solve fat people and the mocking of the story of Noah which Eddie Izzard did so much better.
I’m not saying I didn’t laugh, Gervais did have some good material in there but it was far too casual an affair. There was a lot of him saying offensive things then saying “I’m joking” and defending himself against anyone who might have been offended. Only no one was, they were all laughing making Gervais look mildy schizophrenic as he argued with no one onstage.
The DVD extras include a brief “documentary” of Ricky Gervais in New York and two lengthy clip with Karl Pilkington which were much better than the stand-up.
If you’re not put off, Ricky Gervais Live IV – Science is available on DVD and Blu-ray now.
Bad news: The only film news to report from Portugal is that Youth in Revolt is still in cinemas over there.
Good news: Nothing much seems to have happened while we were away, in fact only two stories caught my eye while I skimmed Empire after watching Lost.
First of all we have news that Dilbert may be heading for the big screen. Yes I enjoy the comics strips but the TV series was awful and the office based comedy had been done, and done well. Office Space has said all that needed to be said about working in an office and The Office filled in any gaps long ago. Heck you’ve even got Drones taking up any potential office based alien humour.
The other bit of interesting news was the fact that Alice in Wonderland has passed the $1 billion mark in very quiet fashion. Without all the pomp and hype of Avatar Alice has somehow been drawing in the big bucks. I like this simply because it is unexpected and the film did not mark itself out as a big hitter in the way the likes of Avatar do.
There plenty of other news, something about an actress I’ve never heard of being cast in Transformers 3, but you’ve got IMDb for that.