There’s more than one in The Good Liar

(From IMDb.com)

Oh, those lonely seniors.

They sit there on a London matchmaking site, typing in their sly little fibs to score another in a series of lunch dates. Hopeful for more. Always hopeful for more.

Then something happens between these two, and a reckoning begins. Both admit the online names were false. To protect themselves, you see. They are …

So much goes will go on between these two in The Good Liar. Well directed by Bill Condon from a tight screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, it’s an always tense tale, a mystery that will keep you guessing, a twisty, turning story of greed, love and the depths of the human spirit.

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are wonderful as the woman and man who dance the waltz of half-truths and full-blown lies.

The rest of the world truly revolves around their wisdom, wits and wile.

Those suspicious minds. (From IMDb.com)

So they think. Or know. Or fathom.

I will not spoil it here, but to say keep guessing. Hit pause when you visit the bathroom.

It’s worth the watch. The payoff is magnificent.

12 thoughts on “There’s more than one in The Good Liar

  1. When I saw this come up, I was definitely curious about your take on the film. There are many liars in this movie, especially the trailer itself. Normally I love it when railers are very revealing, but I was a little disappointed the “thrill” was left out of this thriller. However, I wasn’t bored.

    Director and frequent writer Bill Condon has a good resume, especially with “Kinsey” and the incredible McKellen-led “Mr. Holmes” to name a couple. There are some major, obvious flops — no one is perfect. Writing/screenplay adaption was done by Jeffrey Hatcher (who also adapted “Mr. Holmes”) was a bit of a surprise as well. Similar tone and pacing, but the payoff doesn’t feel as wonderous. McKellen and Mirren prove to be an awesome pair, and I would pay anything to see them share the screen and, especially, the stage.

    I’ll avoid spoilers as well, but the reveals are more exposition and spontaneously written in for shock and awe. We know they’re both liars from the intro. Mirren’s character is too easy going and blatantly holds back, so we know there’s much more to her than what we see. And, despite one minor character’s blatant red herring, another prominent character is the personification of deus ex machina; McKellen and Mirren are unreliable characters, which makes it that much obvious the appearance of this other character will break down some wall or reveal some random fact to feebly propel the plot.

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