As an avid movie goer, it always seems difficult to find a balance between intelligence and laugh out loud humor in comedies. With that in mind, this week’s Netflix Movie of the Week is In the Loop, a British political satire from the people who are currently making the HBO show Veep. Poking fun of all the political nonsense that has been going on in recent year regarding involvement in the Middle East, In the Loop is a hilarious and over the top portrayal of what is wrong with modern government, or specifically the people who run it.
In the Loop is about a run of the mill government bureaucrat, Simon Foster, a minister of international development, who without thinking says he believes “war is unforeseeable” to a news reporter. After scrambling to recover from the fallout of his gaff, Foster, the easily angered Malcom Tucker (Peter Capaldi), and a handful of interns travel to Washington D.C. to discuss the idea of British Military support for conflict in the Middle East. While this all may sound incredibly dry, this movie is simply hilarious, lampooning the failings of modern politics while providing some of the wittiest, characteristically British dialogue I have seen in a good while.
The cast of this film is also pretty brilliant, and through a combination of strong comedic actors and writing, they are able to keep the movie moving at a decent pace, where this movie goes beyond simply being clever yet not actually funny, a problem that many satires suffer from. This is not just a movie that you will smirk through, it is a legitimate comedy and not just a movie made for the purpose of making a statement. If anything, the movie just breeds the feeling that most of the bureaucratic government system is completely absurd. If you like this movie or think it is something you’d like, I would also recommend Veep, it is pretty similar and also a very solid comedy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5