In this age if star power it’s always good to see films succeed with relative unknowns at the head. Two of the bigger films of the last year – The Hurt Locker and Avatar both thrived without any notable stars in the lead roles and British comedy In the Loop continues that trend. Explaining the plot of In the Loop would prove quite a dilemma for me. It’s enough to say that it juxtaposes the opposing Brits and Americans as both sides of Ocean debate on their immanent involvement in war. However with a summation like that In the Loop sounds more pedantic than it is. Despite the seemingly studious overtone In the Loop is a thoroughly comedic ensemble piece.
In the Loop has garnered laurels for its writing which is good, but the beacon of its film is the acting – Mimi Kennedy gives an excellent performance as a Deputy Secretary of State, Tom Hollander plays to his strengths as a Minister and he’s quite good as is James Gandolfini in a role that could have become nondescript. It’s an interesting film that doesn’t really have villains or heroes as it does normal people caught on different sides of the track. In the Loop is a good film, though I’m uncertain if enough people have seen it. It’s a hilarious but intelligent comedy that encompasses all the qualities I love in the British.