Brent is back. Ricky Gervais revives his goateed hero in David Brent: Life on the Road and any lover of The Office as well as any of Gervais’ other works, will appreciate his recent outing just as much.
Mockumentary based, Life on the Road joins Brent (Gervais) over a decade after departing his office manager post at Wernham Hogg. Now working as a sales rep selling health and cleaning products, Brent decides to fulfil his dreams of becoming a rock star with his band, Foregone Conclusion.
Taking a couple weeks annual leave, Brent books the band in for a handful of tour hoping that by the end of it, they will have been signed and moving on to better things. However, in typical Brent fashion, the whole plan collapses on itself and hilarity ensues.
Love him or hate him, Gervais has this canny ability to make his audiences laugh as well as tugging on the heartstrings, whether it be in his previous movies or his successful TV shows. Whilst Life on the Road offers a number of laughs, it never really has its audiences in the sort of emotional state that Gervais has with his previous work.
That said, the movie’s main objective of reviving one of the early 2000’s favourite TV characters and leaving its audience in stitches is certainly successful.