There have been a slew of movies created this decade with the backdrop of the Iraq war, but most have failed miserably. It seems British director/writer Armando Iannucci may have finally found the right formula.
In the brilliantly witty In the Loop, Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) plays a British government PR man who never met a swear word he couldnâ€™t reel of to his subordinates. When a fellow government member lets slip in an interview that a U.S. invasion of the Middle East is â€œunforeseeableâ€ a chain of events to save face and keep all war option open begins. The duo â€“toadies right behind them – jets off to Washington D.C. to help patch up the situation, but quickly become entangled in politics involving inept military advisors, backstabbing bureaucrats and a peace-loving general played expertly by James Gandolfini.
You have to go as far back as Wag the Dog to find political satire this sharp and witty in a comedy. Fantastic all the way through.
Rating: 9 out of 10
In the Loop/DVD/2009/MPI Home Video/106 mins.