All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
By the middle of the 2000s, it had been established that Islamist terror was the Defining Theme of Our Time, and any novelist, film-maker, playwright, poet or TV dramatist worthy of the title had to tackle it. Most artistic efforts of the time tended to concentrate on the radicalisation process, perhaps because the political classes' efforts to address it were so glib and lacking, perhaps because it offered the most obvious window to explaining terrorism.
Just about all of the works of art about radicalisation went something like this: young Muslim man from Afghanistan or Palestine sees their friends or family killed, goes to radical mosque, comes out convinced that suicide bombing is the only way to redress the balance,…
I completely lost it when a bunch of Jihadist were communicating with each other through an internet puffin party. ‘Four Lions’ is a British black comedy about a group of Islamic friends who plan to suicide bomb an UK target to earn their place in heaven as a martyr. These people are, however, as suitable as Jihadist as a four years old is for university: not. Christopher Morris, who earned himself a BAFTA Film Award for his outstanding debut, hilariously mocks the terror organisation, without attempting to insult the religion; rather, we get to laugh at a bunch of miscasts and the equally mismatching environment in which they plan to realise their plans. The funniness meanders a bit, but at…
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,…
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…
Not as funny as expected, but some hilarious scenes...
I don't think a comedy has put me so much through the emotional ringer before. Funny and shocking.
Chris Morris derisively mocks the idiocy of fanaticism. Morris himself described the film as the Dads Army side of terrorism. Which is pretty much spot on, with the would be fanatics portrayed as idiotic fools, fumbling everything that comes their way. As the end approaches the laughs become more and more uncomfortable until the finale, which is one of raw power.
I firmly believe this is the comedic masterpiece of our times. How can you take such a terrible and dark subject matter and turn it into something so inherently grotesque and funny?
"You can't win an argument just by being right." - all the stupidity of radicalism in one quote.
"Rubber dinghy rapids, bro"
Such a perfect balancing act of comedy & terror. Everything is pitched just right. I laughed every time someone died and I felt completely terrible about it and still kept laughing.
Oh boy, don't even get me started. I'll just skip cultural... oh boy. Anyway, this kind of marks a new frontier of bleakness & confusion. Chillingly odd. It's funny and tender, at least you're lead to think so, but those sentiments don't matter if the system is rigged. Not really. Still, as a satire I find it "funny" only at times. Boring, other times. But I don't think that kind of rating is the point
Among the best political and social satires I've seen recently. It's truly brilliant how much it makes you care for these idiotic fanatics, despite their flawed ideology. The last 20 minutes are breathtakingly vicious and pointed, taking no prisoners with everyone being portrayed as flawed and/or stupid, terrorists and government alike. Great stuff.
With a very sensitive topic, I was pleasantly surprised how well this movie was pulled off, especially for such as a dark satire. It was very balanced and had more laugh out loud moments than most comedies.
i cant believe comedy was only invented in 2010 because of this film
God bless Chris Morris
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations