Popcorn rating: 3/5
Popcorn review: Four Lions aims for glory but you won’t go out smiling.
This filmic outing from the genius behind Brass Eye (Chris Morris) was billed as controversial before it even hit cinema screens. Expectations were high. Not only was it tagged as hilarious, it was going to hit hard, it was going to hit home, it was going to make us all sit up and listen. Yip, there was a lot riding on this (dare I even say it) Jihadist comedy about aspiring suicide bombers in mundane old Sheffield…
Ah, Jihad and comedy, not exactly happy bedfellows. I take it this one was a bit of a shocker? Ermm, no. Well, thought provoking then – taking the mick out of suicide bombers, making us see the real people behind the terrrorists, that’s a bit naughty at least? Well, sorry, nope, don’t think soo…. Funny? At least its funny yeah? Meh. Well, OK, to be fair, Four Lions is very good. The dialogue – just like the idea – is sharp, it has the odd giggle (particularly during the end credits) and it does have some excellent surprises along the way.
Thought it’d be good.So, buying the DVD then? Erm, no. Sure, it’s good, a bit of a romp really, but well…If it was anyone else I could forgive Four Lions for rambling on a little too long, I could overlook characters that are more idiotic than funny, I could forget the awkward sentimentality of “tell them I was smiling”.
But it isn’t. It’s Chris Morris. And, as my teachers used to say, I expected a whole lot more. Sorry.