Film Studies essay- Four Lions
‘A whip-smart, slapstick comedy, Chris Morris’ FOUR LIONS takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce’. How far do agree and/or disagree with this statement from the production company website of this film? __________________________________________________________________________________ I agree with this statement to a certain extent. Giving the fact that Four Lions is essentially about terrorism, my first impression was that the film would take a sadistic approach linking to the idea of the 7/7 bombing that occurred in London in (), making this film touch a lot of its audience on a rather sensitive topic. However, Chris Morris manages to take a taboo subject and completely twist it into a dark comedy, along with linking in very strong views/ideas through humour and irony. Morris takes a bunch of (), who have confused their ideology and religious beliefs and makes them believe that they are somewhat devoted terrorists, despite the fact that they have no idea on what they are doing and why they are doing it and essentially makes them look like imbeciles in the process. He takes the characters, Omar, a somewhat considered bright and resourceful individual, Waj, who can’t tell chickens from rabbits, Faisal, who bombs himself up taking out a sheep, Hassan, who decided to share his ideology through a rap and Barry, the converter, who happen to be the most radical in the group- all of which are fairly normal people- and completely changes the idea that terrorist are Islamic extremists, rather than extreme without saying the words directly. The director changes our perception on what we consider a terrorist “looks” like. For example, he takes Omar, the “leader” of this supposed fearful terrorist group to take the role of an honest British man working for the security of a shopping centre. He makes him appear as an honest man trying to get by with his family, completely transforming...
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