Tagged Chris Morris

Four Lions vs. Paradise Now

Philip French’s review of Four Lions in the Observer today mentions the Golden Globe award-winning 2005 Palestinian film, Paradise Now. An excellent comparison, and one that didn’t occur to me at all. Paradise Now is about two young Palestinian men who become suicide bombers targeting Israel. It’s better than Four Lions, yes, but it’s also doing something different – such violence is a much more common occurrence along the Palestinian-Israel border, not the extraordinary event it is in Four Lions, and was on 7/7. The humour in Paradise Now is much more muted, and links the continuing political situation and the poverty of…

Review: Four Lions

CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD You’ve heard about it, Chris Morris‘ jihad comedy, making terrorism funny and all that. How does he do it? Well the Dad’s Army influence is certainly there: the comedy is in the power play and false grandeur of some deluded blokes who want to show the world what for. Four young men with very similar accents to those of the lead characters here managed just that back in 2005 on 7/7. Four Lions uses comedy to try and uncover the men behind the grainy CCTV footage and martyrdom videos left behind, as well as point out the fallibility of the police…