6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Take a closer look
, 20 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Derek - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Ricky Gervais's work tends to fall into two categories - love it or hate it. Because most of his other output tends to be comedy, many people may see this as such an attempt. Warning - it is not a comedy. This show has been slated in various sections of the media for various reasons, and it' easy to see why. If you take the time to watch it closely however, and without any preconceived notions of what it might be about, you might be surprised. Being a fan of Ricky Gervais's work in the past, I found it a bit confusing to start with. But perservering, I found it be a very clever, and often gentle and touching portayal of a man who, despite his obvious akwardness, is kind, caring, and just really an uncomplicated decent human being. Instead of being gushingly sentimental, I found it quite a hard hitting challenge to the way that we all, wether we like to admit it or not, view other people. The only thing I couldn't get used to however, was Karl Pilkington in a "serious" role. He's just too much like himself! In conclusion this won't be to everyone's taste, but before watching it try and keep an open mind first.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
Was this review helpful to you?