The Good Liar Movie Review


Rated: R
Release Date: November 15th, 2019
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Run time: 1 hour and 49 minutes

Reference: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt5563334/

« Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But, this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat and mouse game with the ultimate stakes. »

Starring: Helen Mirren(Betty McLeish) and Ian Mckellen(Roy Courtnay)

Writers: Jeffrey Hatcher, Nicolas Searle(novel)

Director: Bill Condon

Cast:

Helen Mirren: Betty McLeish
Ian Mckellen: Roy Courtnay
Russell Tovey: Stephen
Jim Carter: Vincent
Mark Lewis Jones: Bryn
Laurie Davidson: Hans Taub(1948)
Phil Dunster: Roy Courtnay(1948)
Lucian Msamati: Beni
Johannes Haukur Jo´hannesson: Vlad
Tunji Kasim: Michael
Spike White: Hans Taub(1943)
Stella Stocker: Frau Schroder
Daniel Betts: Herr Schroder
Nell Williams: Lili
Celine Buckens: Annalise
Lily Dodsworth-Evans: Hannalore
Athena Strates: Charlotte
Aleksandar Jovanovic: Martin Geiger
Albert Welling: German Industrialist
Michael Culkin: Dr. Livesey
Dino Kelly: Igor

Welcome to « masterpiece theater » of a different kind. Before the movie played, there were snippets of an Alfred Hitchcock interview from years ago.
When the movie finally played, I saw nothing that reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, this film has touches of…..someone else: A.G.A.T.H.A. C.H.R.I.S.T.I.E.!

Here in this movie you have two very distinguished and highly intelligent individuals(Betty McLeish and Roy Courtnay), who come together and end up playing a seemingly interesting game of « lover’s chess ».
Except, this is much more than a chess game between two sly and very cunning individuals. It is a « high stakes » game for one and an unforgivable « trip down memory lane » for another.
This film is a combination of a sleeper turned spine tingling movie that shockingly starts spiraling into a tear jerking, cold blooded thriller.
« Masterpiece theater » of a different kind. Methinks Agatha Christie would have been proud. Well done! Well done!

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