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The Marx Brothers join al-Qaeda,
This review is from: Four Lions - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
The pedigree of this film is impeccable: directed by Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye, Nathan Barley) and written by Morris, as well as Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Four Lions delivers perverse laughs by the truck load.
For some, this film will cut too close to the bone. Not that the filmmakers are trying to be anything as boring as "controversial" but rather that the film uncannily echoes the terrible 7/7 London tube bombings, as well as arrests of wannabe jihadists. This is achieved through the use of snippets of CCTV footage around London, intelligence photographs of British countryside "training camps" and garages filled with primitive homemade bomb-making equipment.
This comedy about inept British suicide bombers, their mundane lives and feeble grasp of reality, their almost complete ignorance about anything outside of their paranoid, myopic world is not the most conventional subject matter for a sitcom, much like Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers vis a vis serial killers - but Four Lions is the best, most original British comedy in years. Perhaps lacking that trademark Chris Morris stamp, the only real criticism of this film (and it is a minor criticism) is that, like other great British film comedies of recent years - Shaun of the Dead, 24 Hour Party People - Four Lions is not particularly cinematic. As such, this feels more appropriate at home than in the cinema.
That minor quibble aside, Four Lions is hilarious from start to finish, finding vast swathes of deep humour in a most unexpected place, whether that's a wookie being shot at the London marathon or ill-chosen crow-bombers. If you want something a little different from conventional no-brow romcoms, Four Lions is a brave, almost Ealing-esque comedy that dares to poke fun at people and events that traditional Hollywood wouldn't touch.