Friday, April 10, 2009

On Wednesday, our lovely friend A. got us into a special screening of the new film that is being released on April 17th called In the Loop (link is to the trailer).

"Britain and America; friends and allies as far back as anyone can remember. Both the US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war but not everyone agrees including US Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy, US Army General (James Gandolfini) and a floundering British Minister Simon Foster (Tom Hollander). When Foster accidentally announces on national TV that war is unforeseeable, the British government is sent into a spiral of chaos and spin propagated by verbosely aggressive Director of Communications, Malcom Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Foster attempts to neutralise his unforeseeable comment by telling the British public to prepare to climb the mountain of conflict but soon finds himself bundled off to Washington on a fact-finder where he becomes both a pawn for the secret war committee and a poster-boy for the General and the Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy's anti-war campaign."

When we went into the theatre, we actually didn't know anything about the film we were about to see -- the title, the genre, nothing. But I admit that I laughed quite a bit throughout the entire movie, despite not being in the best mood when we sat down. It was really funny! The dialogue is razor sharp and moves at the speed of light. It never gets too heavy-handed; it's just a funny parody. If you're looking for a movie to see that is going to get your mind off your troubles and make you laugh for a while, but not be overly taxing in the ethos/pathos department, then I recommend In the Loop.

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