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but not very funny
in the end. I had high hopes after The Office Xmas specials. The more I think about it, the more disappointed I am.
Sweet, with a good bit of acting by Gervais with his anti-celebrity tirade.
Wasn't incredibly funny though, no.
A lot of the gags were quite simple, like the Jade Goody doll etc...but I liked it as a drama. Not that funny though.
No, you're right. And I did enjoy it as a drama.
not all that funny in places, but overall i thought it was kind of moving, maybe that's just the post christmas thing though.
It was Gervais trying to be a serious writer, which he isn't, he's a comic writer. They are different skills.
I found it alright. I think it would have worked better if it was just an hour long. The speech at the end irritated me though,they clealy thought it was a reveltory statement about the nature of celebrity that no one had ever dared to say before, but it was a patently obvious observation.
Everyone agreed it was fucking awful.
Those who didn't have since realised it was crap. Even those who posted positively in this thread are now throwing their hands to their foreheads in a damascus moment saying 'fuck me, how could I have been so wrong.'
Obviously it's long become fashionable to slag off anything Gervais does, but much of this was very funny and always watchable at worst.
All Steven Merchant and Barry bits in particular were brilliant.
Clearly it's no Office, and nothing original for him, but it's still better than most stuff on. So get over yourselves.
Don't really care what it's fashionable to think. I tend to just think stuff and not worry about what's en vogue.
You're dead right that the Steven Merchant and Barry bits were good as was the Dean Gaffney stuff. However, the portrayal of Millman's descent of arsehole-dom was dragged out to the nth degree as was the sad state of Maggie's life.
The critique of popular culture was about as subtle as a sledgehammer and as KayB suggested above it was nothing new but seemed to be presented as some kind of divine revelation that was being sent to enlighten us all.
Gervais is extremely talented but he overreached himself on this one.
is Ricky Gervais seems unsure as to whether he's meant to be playing Andy as an absolute twat or as a likable guy so the tone completely shifts all the time. If he made the decision and committed to it and took that as far as possible it'd be much better.
In a way I thought the Xmas special was better than the second season in that, for the most, he appeared to have a decision to actually play him as an arrogant idiot getting his comeuppance and abandoning old friends but I thought they got the final twist wrong and it would have made more sense (if a more depressing ending) if he'd gone out to face the press and taken the fame.