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We are 4 Lions.
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots.
I'm a picky bastard when it comes to comedy, but I can safely say that Four Lions was tailor made for me. It is absolutely hilarious. It's In the Loop with terrorists.
Whenever I watch a comedy I always hope the makers are not afraid to search for and sometimes cross over boundaries. And whenever that happens I hope they go about it smartly. Four Lions' satirical comedy should perhaps not be labelled as smart, but it sure as hell is street smart. It seems to know and understand its subject really well, making the human connection so often missing in comedies feel palpable and real despite the ludicrous…
"What are we going to blow up, Waj?
The Internet! We will blow up the Internet for brother Faisal!"
Oh gosh... Four Lions is one of the most hilarious/disturbing movies I have ever seen. I never in my life thought I would be watching a buddy comedy about radical terrorists. I wasn't sure about what I was getting myself into upon starting this movie, but by the end I loved the film. It's darkly comedic, and bitingly satirical. It takes a subject like terrorism and somehow makes it humorous and human. It definitely makes you feel guilty for liking the film.
This movie is gut bustingly funny but also very intense with its subject matter. It's funny, yes, but you…
30 Countries, 30 Days.
Day 14, Film 14
Time Period: present
Theme: Satire of terrorism
Style of Subtitle: Pretty thin yellow font, typically two lines at a time on screen
Funniest / Oddest Subtitle: James Fuck Bond
What did I learn about the country:
Coincidental relation to last country I watched: Canada's Muslim population increased by 82% in last decade.
I heard there's an American remake planned: Starring Aasif Mandvi, Ahmed Ahmed, Dev Patel, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Armano Iannucci.
Why the hell did I wait so long to watch this?
I knew I would like it, thinking it would be something like methadone to get me through in between the comedy highs of The Thick of It…
Once Four Lions gets into a rhythm, it's off the charts hilarious. It's also supposed to be a satire, but I don't think this aspect of the film was as well-done. I'm not really sure what point they were trying to make about terrorists or terrorism in general. There are hints of great commentary and satire, but overall it just comes off as a comedy of errors and a fun adventure with a bunch of lovable dumb-asses. I'd watch this many more times for the one-liners alone.
This is only my second Riz Ahmed film and it certainly won't be my last. He plays Omar, the straight man/head idiot in a group of idiot wannabe terrorists. Whenever he's on screen,…
"Rubber dinghy rapids"
Comedy is a funny thing isn't. What makes me laugh hysterically might cause another person to walk out of a theater or sling their dvd/blu-ray out a window like a fucking frisbie. Comedy is probably the least universal of all the film genres. There are entire countries that won't get the brand of humor that works in the states or the UK and vice versa. That's not to say that something can't be universally funny it's just rarely the case. Chris Morris' Four Lions is a film that's premise suggests brazenly tasteless humor, but instead it's actually a very smart film full of dark humor. I'm talking pitch black. That's my opinion anyway. I'm sure some may…
"We are the four lions"
Chris Morris's Four Lions is in my opinion the funniest British film of the last decade (sorry Wright and Pegg, I loved your work, but this was just hilarious). Morris took a huge risk by deciding to make a comedy about a group of terrorist friends that are planning their attack somewhere in the city, and it really payed off because this dark slapstick comedy worked extremely well. In papers you would never think this sort of comedy could work because it is just too dark of a subject matter, but somehow Morris manages to create a buddy comedy around this group of incompetent terrorists. Morris, who also co-wrote the script with Sam Bain and…
This is an interesting concept for a dark comedy. Homegrown British Muslims attempting to become jihadist martyrs. Only the British would attempt something like this. The humor is dry with very little slapstick and it is only tinted with underlying social commentary.
Overall, the film was a great idea, but the execution varied at best. There were parts that would illicit a sizable laugh and other parts where I sat there knowing it was a joke and that the desired effect was at least a chuckle, but I just couldn't build up the energy to do it. The ending of the movie turned a little too serious for a dark comedy. Good dark satire should only touch on serious emotions and commentary not devolve into them.
In the end, the film is not bad, but not great either. Just so-so.
Los británicos saben mejor que nosotros de la importancia de reírse de absolutamente todo, o al menos Chris Morris (una de esas personas que es, simplemente, necesaria) lo sabe. Es una burrada, es hilarante, y tan solo murió una oveja en el rodaje de la película. Necesaria.
How is a film about suicide bombers so funny? I felt like I was going to a special layer of hell for laughing. This is some black comedy.
Surprise appearance by Benedict Cumberbatch!
I found this to be in bad taste even though I did laugh a few times. Maybe seeing it post Boston Marathon bombing was a bit unsettling for me.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not nearly as funny as reported by the media, not nearly as subversive as claimed by its fans.
And yes, I get that you can derive humour form terrorism, that's not what bothers me about it, they could've made a magnificently funny movie out of the material. Hell, Dr. Strangelove and The Great Dictator are some of my favourite comedies of all time, so I'm no stranger to subversive dark comedy.
This piece however commits the cardinal sin of being really fucking boring. There were a few lines that made me laugh sure, but if I'll listen long enough to Larry the fucking Cable Guy I'll probably laugh at some point too, even a broken clock is correct twice a…
Really good satire about terrorists wanna be´s, dark and harsh. Makes it grow on you and gain depth. Multilevel of political and justice criticism where you are not really sure who´s the bad guy, why and wont rulez but no one acctually cares.. great movie.
these are real bad times bro islam is cracking up. We got women talking back, people playing stringed instruments, it's the end of days
Four Lions is a dark comedy with a very real story.
A film of dumb terrorist who blindly play follow the leader but in a comical way that had me laughing out loud at times.
While this definitely not for everyone it worked for me.
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