Four Lions

Posted in Entertainment by Elizabeth on November 8, 2010

One of the funniest movies I’ve watched in a long time, Four Lions is a must see.  The film is a successful comedy that follows five mostly inept terrorists on their jihad.  I’m actually not sure I remember a time that I laughed this hard in the theater.  The characters are bumbling, ignorant, bullheaded, but also honest.    Their brotherhood just so happens to be one in arms.    If you can, think of it this way, the film’s would be heroes are the accidental royal clowns, the only ones who can mock the king and get away with it.  Are they aware that they are mocking the king? Or, in this case, the two enemy kings of the Western world and Al Qaeda?  No.  This fact allows lines to be crossed, both religious and political.

Though they are mostly inept, they are not flat characters.  Each demonstrates personality through their own misunderstandings of the world within which they are living.  Either way, it is hard not to laugh at terrorists who are enraged over mini Babybells and people playing stringed instruments.  With the grave reality of terrorism in this day and age, Four Lions is a much needed breath of fresh air.


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  1. moviegeek said, on January 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I really wanted to like Four Lions… but sadly a brave film doesn’t necessarily make it a good one.
    Chris Morris’s constant attempts to turn it into a slapstick comedy undermines the important message behind the film and dilutes it all into a superficial exercise.
    Not a disaster, but it could have been so much better…
    Here’s my review:

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