It's almost as good as "The Thick of It", which is about the highest praise I can imagine. The stylings are just the same: rapidly delivered, quasi-improvised dialogue that'll split your sides, while underneath is a constant, deep vein of satire that cuts right to the bone. Probably a good high for the format to go out on---or for the main characters at least, lest they become rapidly stale. Armando Iannucci remains incapable of doing ill.
Fast and funny political satire that loses points for its abrupt, anticlimactic finish. Good performances, particularly from Tom Hollander, and a script that's so frantic it probably warrants a second viewing.
Uh... maybe I missed something, but I just didn't find this all that funny. I stopped about half-way through, so maybe it gets better? I doubt it, though. I can see why people like it, but it's just not for me.
Being a big fan of "The Thick of It" and knowing that Iannucci has produced plenty moments of genius throughout his career, I went into this with high expectations. "In the Loop" does not disappoint. Gandolfini and Capaldi steal the show, with the scene with the two of them at the bar probably the film's highlight. While for me this never quite reaches the heights of "The Thick of It" it really isn't far off. A top quality hilarious satire, with an excellent screenplay and cast.
Whilst its seriously funny, with some of the crankiest Scotsmen ever depicted on film, it plays like an extended episode of 'The Office'. It is well crafted, but the plot is not exactly world shatteringly interesting.
Solid satire. The dialogue is especially impressive even if it does eventually get a little repetitive, a little grating. Generally it walks the fine line between spot-on and over-the-top caricature. And walks it to hilarious effect.
The group of films that qualify as political comedies may be rather small, but In the Loop certainly deserves to be in the same conversation as Dr Strangelove. Nothing comparable pops to mind from the intervening years.
I can't even think of my my favorite line to quote...there are too many. Absolutely hilarious. There is much more to this than the creative uses of profanity, but they do make for a awesome 109 minutes.
Extremely sharp, witty and very funny satire. It moves very quickly, the performances are all spot on and the dialogue is terrific. I get the feeling that much of this is grounded in reality - the perceptible air of authenticity makes the unfolding chaos all the more watchable.
This is a funny farce that everybody should see. It has the dark comedy feel of "Wag the Dog" and the dialogue of "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang". The editing gives the movie a great flow. Galdolfini and Capaldi go 12 rounds in the arena of international politics. Hollander is made for the part of the bumbling and confused Simon Foster who gets caught in the crossfire. The movie is a rollercoaster ride, so try to hold on, do not look back and enjoy the ride through the back alleys of foreign politics.
Very very funny though it doesn't reach the heights of the tv series. I think Malcolm Tucker's character is in danger of becoming a parody of itself, some of his lines feeling overwritten. Steve Coogan manages to steal the show.