Four Lions

Posted: September 11, 2010 in films, Politics and international affairs, silly media
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I finally caught Four Lions.

Last week I posted how ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ provided a great look at the ‘enemy’ – the Taliban in Afghanistan. It did so by humanising the people who fight NATO troops . We call them the Taliban.

This week I had a laughter and thought-filled hour-and-a-half watching Chris Morris‘s feature length on Warp Films, Four Lions.

Chris Morris is at the forefront of intelligent British comedy and has always stirred shit up – so full points for that. And not only is Four Lions brave – as his work often has been – it is surprisingly deep. The film is a ‘jihadist comedy’, apparently, and mocks a group of British-Pakistani ‘mujahideen’ , along with the hilarious ‘Barry’, who is presumeably a cockney convert.

‘Bomb the mosque, radicalise the moderates’ squawks Barry on several occasions. That, I concede, may not seem funny from reading this. Indeed, by the end, the laughs have slowed somewhat as the hapless, bungling, angry fools get closer to executing their attacks on the rest of us infidels.

But a damn original film, a great comedy, and despite the laughs, perhaps the ‘deepest’, smartest, Western film on Islamic terrorism since 911.

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