Friday, 5 February 2010

A Few Words in Being In the Loop

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.

B+

8 comments:

CrazyCris said...

What a coincidence you're writing about this now! I just learnt it will be one of the movies shown in the next cycle of VOS (undubbed) movies shown in the lone theatre in Alicante that shows films in VOS. I saw the title and looked it up but didn't find out much about it and was quite curious. Didn't know wether it was worth the effort of trekking across town or not... now you've made me want to give it a shot! ;o)

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

I just did a little research on this flick because of your post. It looks good. I'm a sucka for good British comedy...will watch

Jose said...

You must see the series it's based on. It's among the greatest comedic shows of all time.
I have such an intellectual crush on Armando Ianucci. *sighs*

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Nothing about Peter Capaldi? I'm shocked. Mimi Kennedy is fantastic here, though, bleeding gums and all.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

crazycris it's definitely worth it. more than just a few laughs.

nigel the british are great for deadpan comedic happenings.

jose the man is wickedly smart.

walter capaldi was good, but i was a bit miffed that hollander was getting no praise, capaldi has all the showy lines so he gets more love. but he is killer with the dialogue, though.

James D. said...

What kept it from a perfect rating?

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

the ending for some reason felt slightly rushed for me james

Robert said...

I loved it but I agree...the ending seemed awkward. I guess I just wanted it to keep on going.