Just felt I had to share my thoughts on Armando Iannucci’s new politcal comedy In The Loop which I caught last night at the Ritzy in Brixton.
As a huge fan of The Thick Of It, there was always going to be a little doubt that In The Loop might not be up to scratch. For the first 10 minutes I was a little worried, but soon enought the gags were flying, and Peter Capaldi is masterful as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker. James Gandolfini is also brilliant as the Colin Powell-esque general, and their showdown towards the end of the film just wasn’t long enough. Once or twice it did just feel like an extended episode of the show, but otherwise it was perfectly done. No softening down of Malcolm for the American market (the word ‘cunt’ makes itself heard throughout), no over-exploitation of Steve Coogan, who is also very amusing in his role, and no t00-heavily-produced feel to the film. Best of all, and most importantly, the script is killer.
Afterwards, Iannucci was on hand to answer questions from the audience. Unfortantely, the answer to whether he’ll be working with naughty Chris Morris anytime soon came back negative: What with the BBC being a target for the (unmentioned) Daily Mail brigade, hiring Morris is not an option. Shame, he’s a funny bastard. Verdict for In The Loop, 4.5 stars!
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