4L is *not* a smart take-down of foolish endeavours. It is a fairly loving take-down of foolish people on an endeavour. I generally think it's lazy comedy to stack the decks like this, but what is lost in political nuance Morris captures in his typically excellent localised language, aided by exceptionally funny comic presences. This would work just as well today if his subjects were incels or the far-right.
Not one of the characters is unpleasant, let alone nasty. The closest we get to that is the white one (Barry), whose mostly just stupid. But then they murder people... oh those silly jihadists eh?! The first half was funny. The second not so much. It played it pretty safe.
Oltraggioso, attuale ed incredibilmente divertente. Il soggetto, che meriterebbe di essere maneggiato con le pinze, viene girato e rigirato prepotentemente dall'autore in maniera politicamente scorrettissima ma sempre intelligente, senza mai scadere nel cattivo gusto. L'affilatura della critica sociale è finemente arrotata dalla precisa caratterizzazione dei quattro personaggi, complementari tra loro. Mashallah.
I will say I didn't laugh as much as I expected to, but maybe that's how it should be. You would expect a subdued kind of british humor, but here it's even less upfront than that, feeling more like a satirical drama than a dark comedy. That said, I found the weird tone to be appropriate and I absolutely want more of these films to be made. Riz Ahmed (who brought me here from Nightcrawler) also impresses here.
7 - No way this would be made today. To be frank, I'm not sure how it got made 6 years ago, either. A tonally-bizarre (though, mostly, very funny) relic of a bygone era, of both a laxer and less restricted mass media and (surprisingly) of a somewhat less terrifying brand of ideological and religious extremism.
Oh boy, don't even get me started. I'll just skip cultural... oh boy. Anyway, this kind of marks a new frontier of bleakness & confusion. Chillingly odd. It's funny and tender, at least you're lead to think so, but those sentiments don't matter if the system is rigged. Not really. Still, as a satire I find it "funny" only at times. Boring, other times. But I don't think that kind of rating is the point.