Thursday April 29th 2010
It seems like a lifetime since the first mentions of Chris Morris’ terrorism satire Four Lions started to pop up online. Back then it was being proposed as a TV series, and was supposedly rejected by the BBC and Channel 4 as being ‘unsuitable for prime-time audiences’. Two years and a good chunk of Film4 funding later, Four Lions has arrived, and with the exception of the obligatory (and amazingly spoiler-filled) Daily Mail report, the controversy has been pretty minimal.
It’s quite easy to see why when so much of the film’s humour comes from fairly simple juxtapositions of the very serious and the very trivial. A car full of soon-to-be-Jihadis racing along the motorway singing ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ by Toploader is definitely funny, but it’s not exactly cutting egde satire. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this (it doesn’t have a duty to be satire) but it does feel like a bit of a missed opportunity.
That said, fuck that, because Four Lions is hilarious. And it’s nice to see Riz Ahmed doing something decent for a change.
“FOUR LIONS = EASY TO LIKE, DIFFICULT TO LOVE”
– Ultra Culture