Four Lions (2010) English/Urdu- Black Comedy for Infidels Rated “R” Runtime- 98 min. dir. Chris Morris
Golly, when people say that a movie or a play is a “black” comedy, sometimes they may not know what it really means.
Four Lions is a pitch black comedic work about some bumbling British blokes who think that they are going to become the greatest terrorists the world has ever known.
The main problem was that the plot felt like it was stretched to fit the allotted time, which wasn’t very long itself. The writing from scene to scene, however, does not waste a single line. The humor is rampantly distasteful, but I absolutely could not stop myself from laughing.
The principal five characters (played by Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Arsher Ali, and Adeel Akhtar) are all really good, filling out the character checklist nicely. The only disappointments were some of the supporting characters, who were up and down in their abilites.
Really good sets are diminished by mediocre shooting techniques and strange segues.
The effects are really cool in a very subdued way. It is interesting to see a director use them in the fashion like that.
It has so many things going for it that it’s a shame that it ends up being not as satisfying as I think it should have been.
A really funny movie if you’re okay with the obscene humor.
Spoilers (kinda) :There is also a ridiculous cameo by an actor from a popular BBC TV show. Hint: His last name rhymes with “Numbercatch”