I’m sitting here rewatching a movie I watched last night. IN THE LOOP, a British political farce that was made this year. It’s hilarious. Watching it the second time, now that I know the plot, it’s even more interesting. With my tiny pea brain, I can follow it!
It’s chaotic and confusing and really, really funny. I wonder how the hell they got anybody to understand what the hell they were planning to do — without actually making the movie. It’s so jumpy / cutty that I can’t see how it would be understandable on paper. Certainly it would be impossible to pitch.
It’s based on a television series, so they did have some precedent. Makes it easier.
It’s an ensemble film. Lots of people cross-cutting and then it jumps from London to Washington and New York. Then more people show up. And it gets more complex and moves faster.
What’s great about it, among other things, is how each character’s dialogue is so separate from everyone else’s. The characters are distinct, WILDLY different from each other, and I bet it is right there on the page.
Also, the characters are people we have not seen before. Especially the foul mouthed character played by Peter Capaldi. Whoa! Can that guy cuss! In fact, everybody is wholly distinct, separate from everybody else. Even the small characters are cool, funny, distinct and (drum roll) different from any character we’ve seen before. This is NOTHING like the folks on West Wing!
The tiny details in the scenes are really great. Getting in and out of most of the scenes is a tiny bit, like being unable to pay a hotel porter more than two one dollar bills… and the level of gentle absurdity is pretty high. A Pentagon general and a woman assistant secretary of state are at a party and want to talk in private, so they go upstairs to the kid’s room and have their high level discussion sitting on the edge of the bed… and need to add some military figures, and use the child’s calculator to calculate troop strength… and it makes silly noises when they punch in the numbers. It’s HILARIOUS.
Someone was definitely on the ball.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, Oscar season has begun, and as I (as a member of the Writers Guild of America) get to go to the movies for free, I’ll be seeing lots of movies between now and Oscar night. Perhaps you will benefit from what I discover in the dark rooms of a movie theater near me.
I love, love love just adore going to the movies for free!
Signed, Eloise Akers