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One of Chris Morris' Finest Works,
This review is from: Four Lions - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
There's a enough reviews about the story and the synopsis covers all you need to know. There are moments of farcical comedy that have you laughing out out loud, moments of deep pathos and drama but I found the balance to be right. The characters so believable with a superb cast of which the character of Barry ( Nigel Lindsay ) is the most stunning, manages to have you screaming with laughter one minute and wanting him to get his just desserts the next.
The film obviously came out at the height of the frenzy the media had whipped up about terrorists lurking around every corner and it's uncomfortable in places, barbed and unpleasant but that's one of the hallmarks of work by Morris. Much like John Sullivan ( Only Fools and Horses ), superb master of pathos but Morris obviously pushing much darker subjects. I love the proposition from Morris that I think fits with what most sensible people think, yes there are psychotics who think the world is against them and their chosen cause, yes they are most certainly dangerous but they are a tiny, tiny badly organised minority that we simply need to be alert for, mostly to protect them from themselves.
If you've never seen of any of Morris's work before this is a superb place to start, his really dark tendencies held in check for the big screen. Easily one of the best dark satirical comedy films to be made in the UK in years.