Best British film of 2010
- Four Lions review by PV
If you watch one film this year, watch this one.
Unlike the vast majority of trashy and crude, unfunny 'comedies' that spew out of the Hollywood teen-machine, (or the dull unfunny stuff that the subsidised British film industry usually produces), this film is FUNNY! it's really REALLY funny in its intelligent satire.
But probably, it'll only appeal to intelligent audience of course, so it's not a big hit really. Also, dumb Americans will be baffled by it (well, there are no explosions or crude visual gags involving bodily fluids...)
But, it is not simply cariacature - it has a dark, serious and timely theme. It also has guts: it has the courage to address the problem of Islamic extremism in the UK, a subject the BBC for example is too scaredy cat cowardly, weak, politically correct and desperate never to offend anyone religious/ethnic to ever address.
A WONDERFUL film!!!
9 out of 13 members found this review helpful.
Watch it twice
- Four Lions review by JD
The first time I watched this, I didn't like it for 3 reasons. It is near the knuckle. This is a film that goes very close to stirring up Muslim stereotypes. The second reason was the bickering and whining within the group and the third that some of the characters are extremely superficial.
The second time I watched it, it was a lot funnier. Maybe the Muslim topic is now less taboo, maybe I knew the silly scenes and was looking forward to them, maybe I was in a better mood. Who knows, but the Bazooka scene is worth watching 20 times.
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Not for me, I'm afraid
- Four Lions review by Lee
I am not generally easily offended, and appreciate a good black comedy, but I did not find this funny. There were comedic moments in the early part of the film, but having been at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22nd 2017, and stood before the torso of a suicide bomber, I must say that the latter part of this film did not make me laugh in the least. I chose to watch this film because I generally like to laugh at such things, and appreciate the work of Chris Morris (the director) and his sense of 'humour', but this did not connect with me. Having experienced a terrorist atrocity first-hand, and suffered what was described as classic post-traumatic stress disorder by my GP, this was just too close to the bone ....... for me the film stopped being remotely funny after about 50 minutes, and my partner had sensed that it had disturbed me because I was silent for the last half hour.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.