Thursday, 30 April 2009

Keep Me In The Loop

Armando Iannucci's satirical comedy In the Loop proved a refreshing if somewhat scary anti-dote to the media gloss we are constantly fed. However, it did pose many questions as to the reality of the plot, I wandered how close to the truth the film actually came, if the answer is close then what a scary world we live in. Either way, the film is sharply entertaining, packed with acerbic one-liners and interesting sub-plots on cheating underdogs and surrounding political entanglements. Loosely based around events leading up to the Iraq war the film shows both arguments for and against and how they were manipulated by the powers that be on both sides of the Atlantic, strong performances from the fowl mouthed pr Rottweiler Malcolm Tucker played by Peter Capaldi and James Gandolfini as Lt. Gen. George Miller.

The main protagonist was the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster, played by Tom Hollander, who let it slip on national television that he felt war was unforeseeable, once the cat was out of the bag, he becomes a pawn or the American's would call it a meat puppet for the big guns to use as a pro-war mascot. I shan't tell you how the film ends as the history books dictate, after all the film isn't about the destination merely the journey that ensues.

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