David Brent, Life on the Road is more tragedy than comedy for Ricky Gervais is merciless in scrubbing the floor with his best known character, the guy from the original Office. Film follows the same faux verite style of the Office, and you’d want nothing but that. Problem is that the character is older now and a blanket of decay and unchangeability hovers over it. He hasn’t grown any wiser since last time, but he’s even more sleazier, lonelier and lost. He’s a tragic character.
And an exceptionally crafted one. He resembles a cigarette filter, like all the western man’s horrid traits that one looses growing up stopped in him. Gervais is king.