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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…
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,…
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,…
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…
"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…
Making sympathetic characters out of buffoonish terrorists shouldn't look this easy. Having already taken down pedophilia panic in 2001 with the most complained about program in UK broadcasting history, infamous satirist Christopher Morris ups the taboo-mining by centering his cinematic debut on the one group of people arguably more universally reviled and emerges with a darkly comic and disarmingly touching farce. Riz Ahmed plays the sole competent member of a plucky gang of wannabe terrorists who, when not regularly compromising their secret cause, bicker endlessly over whether or not to bomb their own mosques in the hopes of tricking moderates into inciting a call to arms. "Wacky hijinks" for this subject matter include a Three Stooges-esque trip to a radical…
"Bro I just took a picture of my face, it's def not my confused face."
I have never laughed so hard at a human exploding.
Quite a good mockumentary style film. Starts a little slow, but the humor was quality and there was a lot of it.
I have yet to see a movie that has left me more conflicted- not over quality, because this film is exceptional, but over genre. Funny in a gallows-humor, dark humor way, and injected with a healthy dose of slapstick, Four Lions still feels like a tragedy in a lot of ways and treads more as a humanist drama than a run-of-the-mill humorpot. It's intelligent, it's well crafted, and it's well acted- but it's still incredibly bizarre in the overall repertoire of movies I've seen.
The subject matter of this movie is, of course, in no way funny, and a film about domestic terrorism and religious extremism certainly doesn't lend itself to humor, but Four Lions is the perfect proving ground for the old saying 'humor is simply tragedy sped up'. In this instance, that's a map to success.
82/100 - Mr White
One of my favorite movies. Hilarious!!
It's like Parks and Rec but instead with inept wannabe Jihadi terrorists (you heard that right). Crossing every line in the book while being intelligently funny and satirical. Had me rolling on the floor in some parts, this is the most I've laughed at a comedy in a while. I love how it isn't caricaturistic with its characters, they're not cartoons, they're serious people, but oh my are they dumb. This movie is ridiculous. Situational humor left and right battering up against razor sharp dialogue. I was surprised by the level of maturity that Four Lions dealt with; it had its fair share of gags, but it feels like it has one foot in reality and the other in humor. Never trips either, which is impressive. If you're in the mood for a clever nail biting comedy then look no further than Four Lions.
Four Lions manages to take a very serious, somber subject and put a very humorous spin on it. It walks a very thin line for pretty much the entire movie, but it does so successfully. I think we all know a Barry in our lives, not with the same tendencies as this Barry, but an enthusiastic, misguided friend that gets us into too much trouble.
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