Well, of course, we could, did and have. And not to downplay the horrible, horrible, horrible tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 not to mention the earlier Murrah Building bombing on our own turf but with nearly a decade past, not only are we still laughing, but weve grown to the point of having an actual terrorist comedy, in the uproarious Four Lions.
The rightfully acclaimed film named Best First Feature for director/co-writer Chris Morris by the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle screens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch.
The title refers to a group of young, fresh-outta-training Jihadists who plot an act of terrorism on British soil. Theres nothing funny about that, except that they are stunningly incompetent. From failed disguises to accidental explosions, they prove practically incapable of executing the simplest move. And its all done with a script seemingly improvised, but more likely just that needle-sharp loaded with smart, impeccable timing.
Morris film has the feel of a documentary, and reminds one of last years similarly scoped and structured In the Loop, except all around stronger, funnier and better. This is not poking fun at the Muslim religion, but its minute fraction of extremists (akin to Christianitys abortion-doc bombers/shooters) who embrace misinterpretation on their road to martyrdom.
However rollicking, Four Lions has an unexpected heart to it, and a bittersweet end thats not out of character for the piece. Bonus points: It might actually make you feel more at ease about the world around you. Fear not that you may not recognize anyone in the cast save maybe Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC/PBS recent, splendid Sherlock series reboot because its laughs are so well-placed, so powerful, they emerge as the true star. Rod Lott