I'm always hollering about the lack of unique ideas coming out of Hollywood, so whenever I see a trailer for a film that isn't some sort of adaption, remake, sequel or prequel, I can't help but get excited and hopeful. So much so that I can even make peace with the fact that Jennifer Garner is supposed to be Ricky Gervais' love interest in the preview for The Invention of Lying and just be thankful that its premise seems extremely promising.
It's kind of like a reverse take on Liar Liar, eh? I'll admit that I didn't think the trailer was the most hilarious thing I've ever seen (though I did laugh out loud at the final line), but since I love love love Gervais' sense of humor and he, along with Matthew Robinson, wrote the screenplay, I'm willing to bet that this is a case where all of the best parts of a movie aren't actually given away beforehand. Besides, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Guest and one of my biggest celeb crushes, Jason Bateman, all pop up in this Alternate Universe of Truth, on top of Patrick Stewart serving as "The Narrator" (which I'm really curious about since his voice wasn't heard in the trailer), so it's got to be at least halfway decent. Plus, Star Trek and Lost master J.J. Abrams saw The Invention of Lying in its entirety, loved it and has been singing its praises, and surely he wouldn't lie to us, right? I guess we'll find out when the rest of us can see it on September 25th.