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In the Loop 2009

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The twists are snappy, the tone screwball in this delicious political satire. The US president and UK prime minister fancy a war. But UK secretary of state for international development doesn't, then accidentally backs war on TV. Soon diplomacy collides with spin doctors on both sides of the Atlantic!

Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Harry Hadden-Paton
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Armando Iannucci
Starring Peter Capaldi, Harry Hadden-Paton
Supporting actors Samantha Harrington, Gina McKee, Tom Hollander, Olivia Poulet, Chris Addison, James Smith, Zach Woods, Mimi Kennedy, Anna Chlumsky, Enzo Cilenti, Lucinda Raikes, James Doherty, David Rasche, Reid Sasser, James Gandolfini, Johnny Pemberton, Chipo Chung, Del Pentecost
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2009
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Prior to the release of In The Loop, Alastair Campbell said the film portrayed politicians and their advisers as crass and venal, which had never been his experience whilst in government. Then on the eve the film's release, Smeargate hit (I know, it sounds messy), with the expenses scandal to follow a few weeks later, proving that politics was indeed crass and venal. Iannucci 1 Campbell 0.

On the eve of `a war' in the Middle East, Minister for International Development Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) accidentally states that war is "unforeseeable". This ambiguous statement is seized upon by both the hawks and doves in Washington, with each seeing Foster as their poster boy. On hand to clean up the...mess, is the Prime Minister's spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi).

In The Loop is effectively a stretched out version of Iannucci's award winning television series The Thick of It., but one of the only characters linking the two is Peter Capaldi's ferocious government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker. Loosely based on Alastair Campbell, who claims Tucker is nothing like him (the gentlemen doth protest too much methinks), Capaldi's is an absolute joy to watch, as he spits fury at the bumbling government officials, both elected and unelected. Roughly every third word which comes from Tucker's mouth is a word you'd never use around your mother, but the writing is so intelligent, that it's impossible not to laugh as he spits fury.

Despite portraying Her Majesty's government as blundering fools, the rest of the British cast put in strong performances.
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A cousin piece (though apparently a pseudo-prequel) to the political satire series, 'The Thick Of It', In The Loop cynically covers both the British and American political systems. British Spin and American power-housing is on show as a Health Minister calamitously finds himself in the midst of a vote on a potential war in the middle east.

Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky and Paul Higgins are the stars as the PM's Spin Doctor Malcolm Tucker, General Miller, Liza Weld and Jamie McDonald.

The film isn't a laugh-a-minute special; you have to be able to see between the lines and understand the slyness that occurs regularly throughout, though the more abrupt moments do bring about some bellyaching laughs. In The Loop is very much like an extended, international version of an episode of 'The Thick Of It'; there isn't a killer ending to the film which may give the viewer a feeling that the finish is quite blunt yet slow coming.

Contrary to the protests of professional politicians, you very much get the impression that the film nails the sleaze within politics and just how much the public is allowed to know, as well as just how desperate people can be to climb to the political landscape.

If you are a fan of 'The Thick Of It', this is a must-buy. If you're not aware of the series or just haven't seen it, or are simply knowledgeable of politics, then again I would recommend buying it as you will probably enjoy the satire on show and will want to explore the series further.

Oh, and expect swearing, ;-)
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Bought this after watching on tv. Armand Ianucci seems to turn everything he touches into gold. I cannot recommend this enough if you like political satire.
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2016
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This is brilliantly made satire, with humour directed at the political establishment. This is a feature-length film based on "The Thick of It" TV series. It's a story about Malcom Tucker (Peter Capaldi), the verbally aggressive Director of Communications of the British Government, seeking to apply 'spin' to what the British Minister of International Development (Tom Hollander) has said ...

It's a great comedy, and if you enjoyed "The Thick of It" series then I fully recommend this big-budget spin-off!
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Version I saw: UK DVD release
Actors: 7/10
Plot/script: 8/10
Photography/visual style: 6/10
Music/score: 5/10
Overall: 7/10
In the Loop may be Armando Iannucci's first film as a director, but it is built on over 20 years of experience in caustic satire. He began working with the likes of Chris Morris, Charlie Brooker, Steve Coogan and Stewart Lee in the early 90s on TV series The Day Today and Brasseye. More recently, his primary work has been on TV's The Thick Of It. They may deny it, but In the Loop is basically a movie spin-off of this series.
Drawn from The Thick Of It are foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), one of the more vibrant creations of British television in the last decade, and young speech-writer Toby Wright, played by Chris Addison. They journey to America with new character MP Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), after he accidentally aligns himself with one side in the covert campaigns to initiate a war with a Middle Eastern country. It's a fairly naked parody of the build-up to the 2003 War in Iraq.
The underlying theme is about the difference between the confident and the hesitant. While those with the assertiveness and charisma to press forward their plans control major world events, the rest of us are left to fight over the scraps. Many characters in In the Loop have a great line in dry wit, until they are put under pressure or scrutiny, at which point their intelligence hilariously collapses.
A great cast of remarkably versatile actors like Hollander, Capaldi and the late lamented James Gandolfini deliver the lines brilliantly, be they sharply witty or bumblingly hilarious.
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