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.