It has been a very long time since I've seen something that made me want to to stop and write about it.
Synopsis (without spoilers): Roy Courtnay, a career con artist, meets Betty McLeish online. Things are not as they seem and the twists and turns that keep coming at you through these powerful performances are going to keep you at the edge of your seat.
Once you've seen The Good Liar you might find the need to tell me that I didn't do a good job summarizing the plot just now. But trust me, this is not your average dating story and you will appreciate the brevity of my synopsis.
I will say that there are scenes that are violent (including sexual violence and a decapitation) and there are flashbacks to WWII, in case you need to prepare yourself for those, but seriously go watch this movie.
For the first half of the film, things are light and relaxed. But things quickly take an intense turn and the end of the film is so well thought out and portrayed that you will be cheering at the end of it.
I know we were. Luckily the theater was empty and the two of us feminists could rally on alongside one of the most powerful female characters I've seen in a long time to our hearts content.
Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen are, obviously, both amazing actors and these performances were no exception (I see Oscar nods already).
Bonus: Bill Condon (the director and producer of this film) has already won Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
I'm off to find a copy of the novel that was adapted for this movie and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it, and if your faith in online dating was restored.