I'm really not sure why this was made.
The Thick of It trod a difficult line, balancing the verbal abuse that was its calling card with the occasional glimpse at the human beings being mercilessly ground down by a cold, impersonal political system. That was possible to do in a TV series, where the writers and performers have the time to slowly dispense this development out.
In this film adaptation, there's no such luxury and while it's entertaining to watch…
Not as funny as one might have hoped but is enjoyable enough if you're a fan of the penguin characters. The best thing I can say is that the writing avoids the rote rhythms of action blockbusters to which so many other films succumb. The worst thing is the scene that occurs during the end credits; it's insulting and undermines the supposed 'message' of the film.
This and the next film are really one story and as a result, it's difficult to properly judge this film on its own. A ton of characters are introduced and very little is resolved. The good news is that with so much going on, things are never boring. I look forward to giving a fuller appraisal in September.