Four Lions was one of the most entertaining films I saw up at The Sundance Film Festival this year. It was absolutely hilarious, but there's most likely going to be some people out there that are offended by the subject matter, after all, the film is a comedy about terrorism.
From my review of the film:
You would think a comedy about terrorism wouldn’t really work. Would people accept using terrorism as a form of comedy? This is a very strong issue with people, and we’ve have never seen terrorism viewed in this kind of light before. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to see this movie. I forced myself to see because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to or not, but I’m sure glad I did because this movie was hilariously fantastic! Definitely the funniest film that I’ve seen up at Sundance. It had me laughing throughout most of the film.
This is a subject that we’ve seen seriously tackled in other films and documentaries, but being able to see this type of subject matter is a comedic light was a very nice change of pace. I think it’s great that the director of the film Chris Morris was able to actually see the humor in this crazy extremist world. What makes this movie even more funny and interesting, is the fact that he did three years of research for this film and had meetings with everyone from imams to ex-mujahedeen, then their is a wealth of surveillance material from major trials that he went through. He took all of the information he gathered and showed the the characters in the story not as unfathomably alien or evil. Instead, it portrays them as human beings, who, as we all know, are innately ridiculous.
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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.
The film is set to be released this fall by Drafthouse Films. Watch the new trailer below for the film and tell us what you think!