David Brent faces the music
BRENT is back. But he has left his colleagues at the Wernham Hogg office behind him and in David Brent: Life on the Road – released at cinemas yesterday (Friday 19 August) – he is hitting the open road (in Berkshire) to search for fame and fortune.
Twelve years have passed since the character created by Ricky Gervais last featured in the BBC Two mockumentary series The Office. Thrusting him into the spotlight, the programme followed David as he managed a paper company on a trading estate in Slough.
Fast-forward to 2016 and the ex-boss is on camera again, ready to shoot a film about his quest to become a rock star with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Taking unpaid leave from his job as a travelling salesman and cashing in his pensions, David sees this as his last chance to make a lifelong dream a reality.
To achieve his goal, he hires some session musicians to accompany him on the road. He also invites a rapper to perform with him. Together they travel across Berkshire, performing awkward gigs that cause the band to lose money rather than make it.
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the tour isn’t going to be the success that David wanted. It looks a distinct possibility that the dream will end up becoming the biggest disaster of his life.
‘David still wants fame even though it’s not his friend – and nor is the camera,’ says Ricky Gervais. ‘He’s a real Z-lister, but in his mind he thinks he can do it and make it big.’
Despite David’s misplaced confidence, Ricky admires his determination. ‘What I like about him is he never gives up,’ Ricky says. ‘He falls over, stands back up, dusts himself off and has another go.’
At every stage and in every problem, that’s an approach worth taking – but the important point is to put our confidence in the right place.To keep going when life knocks us flat time and again isn’t easy.
When we strive to make a new start in life, but our past holds us back. When we forgive someone for a mistake, but they continue to behave
badly, our patience wears paperthin.
When we work hard to mend our own flaws but keep repeating our mistakes, we wonder if there’s any point in trying any more. It needn’t be the end of the road. When we choose to follow Jesus, we can know that the biggest problems are not insurmountable. Even though he rightly felt that sometimes the world was against him, Jesus assured his followers that God would provide them with hope when despair might look like the more likely option, strength to meet the toughest times and a forgiveness that was greater than their flaws.
Demonstrating how much God cared for all people in an unbelievably unkind world, Jesus said:
‘While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world’ (John 16:33 Contemporary English Version).
When we work with Jesus to face our future, we can know joy, hope and peace. Surely, his is company worth keeping.
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