Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hilarious dialogue puts political satire In the Loop

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge SURGE PROTECTOR: Malcolm (Peter Capaldi, from left) "communicates" with Toby (Chris Addison)
  • SURGE PROTECTOR: Malcolm (Peter Capaldi, from left) "communicates" with Toby (Chris Addison)

Winston Churchill coined the term “special relationship” for the alliance between the United States and the British Commonwealth. The English comedy In the Loop reveals the relationship to be an entirely codependent, dysfunctional pairing, with England serving as the passive-aggressive enabler of America’s bellicose behavior on the world stage.

In the Loop clearly draws inspiration from the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and the Coalition of the Willing. Where most recent foreign policy parodies indulge in heavy-handed Bush bashing, In the Loop’s wicked satire takes a sneaky, indirect path, and proves the better for it. The film doesn’t mention Iraq directly — it only alludes to impending military action in the Middle East. The movie reserves its big comedic guns for the favor-currying, ass-covering bureaucrats on either side of the Atlantic.

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