***1/2 out of **** I love documentaries, or films in general, that feature inspired dreamers who are often a little more pretentious than they care to be. Some seriously odd things have been done with such characters, and now, something rather brilliant has been crafted. The film that I am speaking of when I say this is "Four Lions", a brilliant satire/comedy about terrorist and suicide-bombers. And yes, it's British. The film's "four lions" … more
"Four Lions" is one of the most intelligent, important, illuminating, disturbing, and uncompromising political comedies of recent memory. It takes one of the biggest risks a movie of this day and age can take, and pulls it off: It presents us with a farcical look at modern jihadism. And yet it's not content with merely making us laugh at the very, very serious; it aims to humanize and shed light on a situation many of us are completely unfamiliar with apart from impersonal news reports … more
The movie is clever more than it is funny, though the latter half of it plays out with a kind of understated genius/satire. I'll see if I can't put together a greater review to summarize my thoughts, but it's definitely worth a view.