Daytime-telemovie style thriller.
With an interesting premise and acting royalty for a cast, The Good Liar had a lot of potential. As can happen in this genre, it lets itself down when it becomes too far-fetched (See my review for Secret In Their Eyes – another example).
Roy (Ian McKellen) and Betty (Helen Mirren) make a seemingly innocent connection through a lonely hearts website. But Roy is not all that he seems to be.
Ian McKellen does a great job at portraying both sides of his devious character convincingly, switching effortlessly between the two.
There’s something very satisfying about watching a swindle unfold. Like a movie you might stumble upon when switching channels during the day, The Good Liar is entertaining, but it’s no masterpiece.
The Good Liar premieres in Sweden on 3 January.
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The Good Liar by Sian Evans