The hugely popular US Office series is funny, granted. But the UK version is in an office of its own. Not only does Gervais give a very funny, if totally awkward performance, but Freeman is the most outstanding of them all. I think, (correct me if I'm wrong,) this was his first big break, and he certainly hit the ground running. It is commonly thought that The Office is simply funny, but in my experience of the UK Office, there is huge passion throughout. There is love, loss, realism and a strange development of character. The character of David Brent is an interesting one- Gervais pulls him off incredibly well. And the psychological breakdown of Brent is one of the most sad and moving things I have seen on screen.
This is the most worthwhile thing I have ever seen- funny, awkward, realistic yet sad and emotive. I would not recommend this to the lighthearted slapstick comedy lover of something like "The US Office."
A MUST BUY.