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as funny as childhood cancer as enlightening as a black hole,
This review is from: Four Lions - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a big fan of Chris Morris but this is garbage, beyond embarrassingly bad. It tells the same joke badly over and over again. What else do the people who find it funny think is funny?
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Initial post: 10 May 2011 09:09:56 BDT
Mr. Robert J. Zacher says:
For me, I found this to be more of an exploration of human interaction than what a lot of people were expecting. Morris has never intentionally set out to court controversy, though it is inextricably linked with some of his previous output.
I think that the negative reviews for this film are based upon the expectation that this would be a Brass Eye Jihad Special - whereas this was never intended to be such. Because there is nothing needlessly incendiary, it seems as though Morris has 'sold out' or simply not stuck to his guns of causing moral outrage.
This is a nonsensical stance to take.
In my opinion, this is a well executed film which is the result of years of erudite research and as such, is more of a drama with comedic elements than a comedy with intent to offend.
What is also worthy of consideration is that Morris was accompanied by Armstrong & Bain - who I feel had more influence over the script, leaving Morris to tackle the direction.
In conclusion - I was surprised, it wasn't as dark as I'd have expected and not quite what I expected. But having read about the creative process leading to it and watched interviews with Morris, I can completely appreciate this as standalone from Brass Eye, Jam et al - and this seems exactly the direction that Morris wanted to take.
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