Netflix Pix #4: In the Loop

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Movies, Netflix Pix
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In the Loop

I didn’t watch too many flicks on Netflix Instant in June having watched little else in May but I did catch this whip-smart 2009 British political comedy and damn if I’m not glad I did.

Directed by Scottish-Italian filmmaker Armando Iannucci, the film (a spin-off of the BBC series The Thick of It) centers on the build-up to the UK and the US launching the war in the Middle East.  Inspired by the real life events, the thinly veiled counterparts to the actual government officials involved in that dramatic 2003 decision, hem and haw, wrangle and make backroom deals all to serve their own devices and motives with little consideration or thought as to what the decision towards conflict could mean.

It’s dirty business brought to light with comedic genius and features wonderful performances throughout highlighted by the most foul-mouthed turn in recent history by Brit Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker, the Director of Communications for the British Prime Minister.  His ever-evolving use of and derivations for the f-word  are a revelation.

I laughed throughout the film all the while hoping that the actual officials involved in the actual war weren’t so similarly inspired.  I fear my hopes would be crushed when faced with the truth.

In the Loop is available today on Netflix Instant.  Iannuci and his writing team (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for their work here) went on to create the HBO comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which has quickly become one of my favorite television programs.  It’s not currently available on streaming but I highly recommend you check it out wherever you might be able to find it.  It recently completed its second season and will return in Spring 2014 for a third.


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