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.
Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Sir Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Dame Helen Mirren) on-line. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.Written by
New Line Cinema
While Roy and Betty are at Slough railway station, a train in a partly purple livery speeds through. This is one of the new Elizabeth line trains, which are still (late 2019) running experimentally and did not exist in 2009, when the film was set. See more »
The Good Liar was actually a decent surprise and a really good thriller even if it feels a little too heavily explained towards the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish and I honestly really didn't expect that kid of twist even though I expected a twist and I'm glad I didn't see that coming.
Ian Mckellen and Hellen Mirren are both great here, delivering two really great performances. I think the plot is fairly simple at it's core but the writing makes it very different to a very satisfying ending.
Overall whilst it's an interesting film with two great performances and unexpected twists, I just expect more style and excitement in it.
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