David Brent: Life on the Road is the Stephen Merchant-less continuation of the UK’s The Office, following only the David Brent character as he continues to try to be a rock star. It’s of no interest to people who didn’t watch that version of The Office, I don’t think.
It’s really missing something. Not sure if it’s that it’s a Ricky Gervais solo work rather than with his co-creator (I don’t think I’ve really loved anything Gervais has done by himself). This is nothing but watching a cringey train wreck. The show had Finch to be the bigger asshole and make Brent sympathetic, storylines he wasn’t involved in to distract from it, and a mix of characters who hated him, tolerated him, or even liked him. Here, he’s on the road with a band. It’s all about him, and they’ve all had it with his shit. There are some big laughs, but it’s more sad than funny. In the last 10 minutes, it tries to actually address the sadness and be genuine, but it feels too late. Overall, you’re pretty much watching an idiot fail for a whole movie.