Screening Notes: Four Lions

  • Four Lions was screened as part of a double bill with Repo Man, which we wrote about here.
  • I’d previously said that we’d write about Four Lions “in mid-December”. From this you may surmise that I have either very poor timekeeping or a chancer’s disinterest in the truth.  Neither of these possibilities should concern you overly much.  Move along.
  • The screening took place in sunny Cathcart, on the evening of Saturday 6th November 2010.  Note: by the time we watched Four Lions the sun was a distant memory.  By the time the film finished, it may well have been early on Sunday 7th November 2010.
  • Scott, Chris and David attended; everyone else is scared of fire and fun.
  • David and Scott had both seen the movie in the cinema. David had actually seen it twice, because he is a sad bastard that way. Chris had not previously seen the film.
  • Not even Football Manager was able to distract Chris this time.
  • Four Lions was originally going to be watched as a double feature with Chris Morris’ short movie My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117. The subsequent orphaning of the movie has upset the lovely Lynne, who will hopefully be providing us with some guest thoughts on Four Lions.
  • We’ll come back to My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117 at a later date, because no matter what your mother might tell you, we’re not monsters.
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7 Responses to Screening Notes: Four Lions

  1. moviegeek says:

    I really wanted to like Four Lions… but sadly a brave film doesn’t necessarily make it a good one.
    Chris Morris’s constant attempts to turn it into a slapstick comedy undermines the important message behind the film and dilutes it all into a superficial exercise.
    Not a disaster, but it could have been so much better…
    Here’s my review: http://wp.me/p19wJ2-aq

  2. David says:

    I’d agree that being brave isn’t enough to make a film good, though I’m sure we can both agree that a brave film has a better chance of being great than a cowardly one?

    Thankfully I think you’re 100% wrong about Four Lions, especially with regards to the role of slapstick in the movie, but I want to go in depth on this point so WATCH THIS SPACE!

  3. moviegeek says:

    Looking foward to the debate. 😉
    That’s the beauty of cinema too: it can be subjective.
    Taking the p**s off and making fun of terrorists is absolutely fine and I’m all in favor of it, but the way they did it was a bit too cheap and easy for my taste.
    In the end I found it all quite predictable and superficial.
    As I said I really appreciate the brave attempt… and yes, it’s better than a cowardly one.
    take care

  4. David says:

    Ok, so we should have a wee post up for you tonight! I mean, probably – nothing is certain. I might just link to another YouTube clip and call it a day!

  5. Pingback: Pish Talk: Four and a Half Lions | Attack Ships on Fire

  6. David says:

    As per the pingback, I’ve written a post about the slapstick element of the film here:

    https://perfectfools.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/pish-talk-four-and-a-half-lions/

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