Thursday, January 5, 2012

Four Lions, laughing when you shouldn't



Last night I watched the British movie Four Lions, a brilliant satirical take on the madness that is Islamic fanaticism. The movie surrounds the lives of four radical but incompetent British Muslims living in Sheffield Northern England. It was the funniest movie I have seen in a long time and I would recommend it to anyone regardless of their faith or views. I have been thinking today about whether the film is offensive to either Muslims or victims of Islamic terrorism and I have concluded that it isn't or at least that it shouldn't be although one cannot deny how politically incorrect in the extreme it is to make a comedy about four British Muslims hell bent on committing a suicide terrorist attack against Britain. Personally I enjoy laughing at what we are not supposed to in this modern day world of politically correct appropriateness. However the movie does have a serious point to it although it clearly uses humor to achieve it. And that point is that delusions and stupidity lie at the center of extremism.

My favourite scene of the movie is when the four men are transporting their bomb materials from one location to another when their car breaks down. The English convert among the group curses the car and blames the breakdown on its "Jewish parts" before claiming that the Jews make all the spark plugs the world over in order to "control global traffic". The leader of the group suggests that the men abandon the car and regroup in a shed behind a nearby field before he warns them to be careful with the volatile material they are carrying. Watch what happens next.



Are you still laughing? Even funnier is the eulogy the three men offer their fallen comrade who courageously took out one Kuffar sheep whilst attacking the enemies source of food.

12 comments:

Rob Harris said...

Chris Morris was truly great in Brass Eye and Jaaaam so I must look out for the film.

Truly there is nowt as funny as those who cannot laugh at themselves, and lets face it, extremists of any religious or political variety aren't known for having a sense of humour or they probably wouldn't be as they are!

Corner Guy said...

If you do like comedy, you should consider watching this in 2012...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYplvwBvGA4
Its a satirical take on dictators starring Cohen

builder man said...

Chris Morris the director has a history of making contentious programmes and it's good to see the
'normalisation' of Muslims in the UK,so that he can satirise an extreme aspect of their culture, make it funny and at the same time thought provoking. Funding came from Channel 4, an organisation that
has given us other thought provoking films like 'The Promise'
about the birth of Israel.

Ted Leddy said...

Rob

Good point, I have never met a fascist or a communist with a good sense of humour. I don't know Brass Eye or Jaam but after seeing this movie I am definitely a fan of Chris Morris so I will check them out.

Ted Leddy said...

Corner Guy

Thanks for the link. Hilarious. Can't wait to see it.

Ted Leddy said...

Builder Man.

The reason I would recommend this movie to anyone is because I actually found it apolitical. What I mean by that is that it wasn't nesecarily right wing as one might think because it mocks Islamic extremists. The movie also makes fun of the police authorities which are depicted as being incompetent. It also shows them harassing peaceful Muslims.

Rob Harris said...

Ted, you should check out Brass Eye especially. Its on DVD and was very controversial. I still have a few of the old shows on stone-age video tape. Jaaam is a remarkable bit of television but an acquired taste - it has been debated if it can really be considered comedy or not because it is extremely bleak.

The Dictator clip was excellent. Mocking the excesses of middle-eastern dictators is an comedic vein all too often untapped.

BTW I wonder can Builderburg have a single conversation without doing a bit of Israeli bashing? ;D

Anonymous said...

You have no problems Muslim bashing Rob, it's only Jews that irk you?

Rob Harris said...

Nope Anonymous, any group should be exposed to criticism if it is legitimate, e.g. the conduct of ultra-orthodox Jews recently was inexcusable. "bashing" is quite different to reasoned criticism.

GW said...

Nice to see you back blogging Ted. Have not seen this movie yet but will watch when it comes around this area.

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Ted Leddy said...

GW

Thank You. I look forward to having some interesting discussions with you throughout 2012, which is sure to be a very interesting year.