THE GOOD LIAR
- By RICH ANDREW
- Photo Courtesy of WARNER BROS.
In his debut novel, Nicholas Searle impresses readers with such rich and masterful storytelling that his words have popped right off the page and onto the silver screen. And to elevate his potent words to Oscar worthy perfection, director Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) relies on two masters of their own craft — Dame Helen Mirren (Catherine the Great) and Sir Ian McKellen (All is True).
McKellen plays Roy Courtnay, a suave yet mysterious gentleman who, like all poor saps, is looking for love online. And Mirren plays Betty McLeish, the unsuspecting widow, now sitting on nearly three million pounds that Roy plans on romancing out from under her. As sparks fly and lies eclipse truth, Betty invites Roy to move into her cottage despite her grandson Steven’s dire warning of such a swift seduction. But the more Betty’s and Roy’s futures become intertwined, the more their pasts unravel, fraught with decades of double-crossing and duplicity — the prime dynamic for Mirren and McKellen to show how devilishly good they are at shifting from coy to conniving.
With a spectacular cast also starring Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Russell Tovey (Years and Years), Phil Dunster (Humans), Jóhannes Jóhannesson (Cursed), Lily Dodsworth-Evans (Poldark), Mark Lewis Jones (Carnival Row), Michael Culkin (The Crown), Celine Buckens (Free Rein), and Laurie Davidson (Will), The Good Liar lives up to its reputation.
“The Good Liar” hits theaters on November 15th.