When Chris Morris’s film ‘Four Lions’ was first released in 2010 I remember reading the reviews which included adjectives such as was “fantastic” and “hilarious” – advertising that you see accompanying most films – mutual advertising for both parties. The hype pointed in one direction – this was a funny film which was worth watching.
I remember going to a muslim friends house and watching the film. I hadn’t known him all that long – but I liked the fact that although he was muslim – his religion hadn’t all-encompassed him and was, a part of who he was – an important part none the less, bit he didn’t let his religion manipulate him and he hadn’t allowed it to overtake or limit his personality. There was religion. There was life. Each had its place.
So I put on the film in eager anticipation that we would both, especially my friend, share in the fun and hilarity of the film – as described in so many of the advertising adjectives. My friend didn’t find it funny. I was disappointed. In fact, I felt a little embarrassed because I then thought – maybe he thinks he that I’d presumed he’d find it funny as it was poking fun at a misfit bunch of muslims who turn out to be just as hopeless at terrorism as they were with managing their daily life routine.
We both watched the film in kind of silence. That’s what I remember. And kinda agreed that it was ok – after it had finished. Although I think we were both disappointed.
Then 5 years later – in fact, just the other day – I decided to watch the film again. This time I had set no expectations. This time I hadn’t set myself up for a laugh-a-minute bomb-com film that would have me crying with laughter. I just watched it. I watched it detached from the previous me. And, found that I actually quite like this film.
We have seen so many horror films lately that have been created by terrorists and circulated by our media – on their behalf – that this film seems tame and undramatic. I felt myself warming to the characters in a way I hadn’t before. I found the inner conflict in liking these guys individually – whilst wanting them to see – what I was seeing – the futility of their cause and how they could direct their passion for the cause in more constructive and less destructive ways. I saw the characters in a whole new light. This time – I found it smart – engaging and I enjoyed the dark humour.
Four Lions is definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it – or another go if like me you were disappointed all those years ago.
To get you started – here is an interview with one of the writers Chris Morris – who looks a little bit like the late Colonel Gaddafi! But maybe it is just me.
And here is the film Four Lions:
A whip-smart, slapstick comedy, Chris Morris’ FOUR LIONS takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots.
This is sooooo much funnier than it ought to be!! Bless him.
The EastEnders actor appeared on the Channel 4 show to talk about his bad boy character Vincent Hubbard wreaking havoc on Albert Square.
But no one was listening to Richard chat about soaps as he casually went about trying to zest a lemon.
First he tried to squeeze it, then he chopped it, and then he did something we’ve never seen attempted before.
All before questioning: “You want the outside of it?”
On 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com – Jason McCrossan presents Saturday Breakfast. The show was recorded 2 days after the 2015 general election and Jason pitted the wits of Kyra Cross and Bonnie Britain against each other. It was a monumental clash…if underachieving and arguing with the judge can ever be described as that. This is the results.
Fox News in America once again show just how cultivated they are when they got a so called “terrorism expert” was giving his perspective on the terror attacks in France.
To be fair -Steven Emerson did come out with a few gems “In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.” There are many reasons not to go to Birmingham…… (some of them still speak funny) – but being over run by Muslim militants – is certainly not one of them.
He also made another gaff when he suggested that “London is patrolled by violent religious police”- if he’d of just left out the word “religious” -most of us who live in London – would probably agree that he had a point!!!
Anyway – here is that interview….
Stephanie Davies is the founder and CEO, of Laughology a company that seeks to use comedy and humour as the cornerstone to help people understand what it means to create an engaged, motivated and happy work force.
Stephanie spoke to Jason McCrossan on Monday nights Monday Matters 106.9 SFM on 12th January 2015 about happiness and how seeing the funny side of life – is something that you can actually learn. She also gives some tips on things we can do everyday to train ourselves into thinking happy.