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It s the razor-sharp smash that critics are calling brilliant (San Francisco Chronicle), blisteringly funny (USA Today) and "One of the best films of the year... a little piece of heaven (Chicago Tribune). Peter Capaldi stars as a foul-mouthed British government spokesman who must act quickly when a mid-level minister (Tom Hollander of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) tells an interviewer that U.S. war in the Middle East is unforeseeable . But when they are both summoned to Washington D.C., the hapless politico quickly becomes a pawn of bureaucrats, spin doctors and military advisors, including a hardnosed General (James Gandolfini, in a performance Rolling Stone hails as slyly hilarious ). Gina McKee (WONDERLAND), Anna Chlumsky (MY GIRL) and Steve Coogan (TROPIC THUNDER) co-star in this hilarious satire from director/co-writer Armando Iannucci, the award-winning creator of the classic BBC sitcoms I M ALAN PARTRIDGE and THE THICK OF IT.
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The main draw of this movie is actor Peter Capaldi, who plays Malcolm Tucker, a thinly-veiled parody of former UK Director of Communications Alistair Campbell. He is by far the most entertaining / funny / horrifying part of this movie. He spews out angry, well-versed Scottish-tinged vitriol unlike any other character I've seen on screen. I don't think I'm allowed enough room to list all my favorite quotes from this movie, and 95% of them would come from Tucker's character. Beyond that, this wouldn't be a G-rated review if I could list all my favorite quotes (the C-word would figure pretty prominently). If you like fast-talking British comedy and all the cursing that might come with it, you will like this movie.
Beyond the draw of Tucker's character, this movie is a great comment of the forces driving government policy. The plot involves a drive by the US to invade an unnamed Middle-Eastern country, and a bumbling UK Minister is drawn into the debate by virtue of his own ineptitude. The movie doesn't try to be preachy or overly political about current North American / UK policy in the Middle-East. Instead, it uses a contemporary situation to satirize government.
I think if you're a fan of Brit comedies like 'I'm Alan Partridge' or the UK version of 'The Office', you might really enjoy this movie. But even if you're unfamiliar with those and just like a good satire, this is worth a watch.
Did I mention this is a comedy?
The plot is very familiar to those updated with the news of the last decade; British minister Simon Foster (played by Tom Hollander) slips up from his party's official line in saying "war is unforeseeable." In the forthcoming teeter-totterings recognizable to those in politics (and those who've watched The Thick of It!), Simon Foster becomes a "meat puppet" for those in Washington for and against declaring war "in the Middle East."
Reason #1 the film succeeds: it doesn't try to give an optimistic light to things. It gives a gritty look at what really happened, and doesn't bother with a "feel good" result. The brilliant minds behind this are the same behind the multiple award-winning series The Thick of It.
As for the hilariously inventive swearing, reminiscent to those who know The Thick of It? Simply the cherry on top. Indeed, not overdone at all. This is a very realistic and dark portrayal of "what really happened" that everyone should watch. Brilliantly funny satire!
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Very good, but not the brilliant satire that 'The Thick of It' was (the series from which this came).Published 6 months ago by drutgat
Great movie with hard hitting (often violently blue) dialogue that examines the machinations and political thrusts and counter thrusts and individual motivations behind a world... Read morePublished on March 30 2010 by George R. Bryant