In The Loop

Warning: The following clip contains swearing. Lots of it.

I’m not a comedy fan. There are times when I’ve seriously considered if I was joyless because I can sometimes sit through a channel’s entire comedy night without even sniggering. Then one day, it dawned on me, those five words which cross everyone’s mind at some point:



Oh yes. The reason I don’t laugh at a ot of comedy is because a lot of it isn’t actually funny. And, I suppose, everyone has a different sense of humour. I like shows like Peep Show, Spaced, Green Wing. I’m not usually into slapstick or sketch shows (that said I remember liking Smack the Pony and I’d say that Green Wing was a different type of sketch show), I’m not too into family stuff (but I iPlayered every episode of Outnumbered). You see I like the humour that is derived from human interaction, those awkward exchanges we all have, those things which are funny because, at their core, they’re true.

But I’ve deviated hugely from what I intended to do, which was write this review. My point was that In The Loop is fantastically funny. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much in a cinema. The film is a spin-off of the BBC show In The Thick Of It, which I’ve never seen but certainly will be tuning into the next series – it shares crew, cast and it’s precinct in common.

We see US and UK government officials and advisers in their efforts to promote the war or prevent it by exploiting those around them.

Which sounds really dull but it’s not. It’s fast-paced and filled with fantastic one-liners. The actors are fabulous. It’s just a really spot-on example of how I think a comedy film should be.

So I’m reconsidering my relationship with comedy, after all, when it’s good it’s very very good.

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