The British film ‘In the Loop’ by Armando Ianucci is a comedy and political satire that authentically depicts the incompetence and insanity among powerful political players in Washington and London. The funniest political satire since the 1997 movie Wag the Dog, the timing of the film‘s release in 2009 seemed to be just right, albeit painful. The brilliant movie with loads of fun is a comedy about the then British government’s culture of chaos, portrayed by characters first aired in ‘The Thick of It,’ a TV show. The film is a satirical show and cynical nightmare on the subject of the big blunder during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq by the allied troops under the leadership of Washington. As the plot unfolds, the audience gets a clear view of the backstairs political world of incompetence, anxiety, humiliation, and bullying.
In the Loop – A Synopsis
The film is a hilarious political comedy that mocks Generals, politicians, and diplomats spearheading Britain’s and America’s efforts in invading Iraq.
The film opens with the British Cabinet Minister for International Development, Simon Foster’s interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today program. The minister makes an off–the–cuff remark that the war in the Middle East is unforeseeable. His Director of Communications, Judy Malloy, is highly upset by the comment as she knows that Simon has invited trouble. His utterance frustrates Malcolm Tucker, the PM’s Director of Communications, who expresses his anger and anguish unabashedly, as evident from the profanity of the language. Meanwhile, as Tucker gets into the damage control mode, Simon appears in another interview where he declares, ‘Britain must be ready to climb the mountain of conflict .’It was enough to make matters worse that compels Tucker to pack off Simon to Washington hurriedly on a fact-finding mission.
As Simon and his accompaniment, Toby Wright tries to find their way around the corridors of power in the United States; they find themselves caught in a cross-fire between the anti-war insurgents Karen Clarke, General Miller, the US Assistant Secretary for Diplomacy, and hawkish Linton Barwick, a member of a secret war committee. The latter group came heavily down on an anti-war briefing paper, drafted by Karen’s aide Liza Weld; they could access.
The Cast of the Movie
Tom Hollander, as Simon Foster, leads the In the Loop cast, and Gina McKee plays the role of Foster’s Director of Communications, Judy Malloy. They scented trouble right from the time of Simon’s unintentional remark in the first interview. In the film, Peter Capaldi is Malcolm Tucker, Chris Addison is Toby Wright, Mimi Kennedy is Karen Clarke, and James Gandolfini is General Miller. David Rasche plays the warmonger Linton Barwick, and Anna Chlumsky is Karen’s aide Liza Weld.
The comedy is delightful, and the cast does a superb job of creating fabulous, hilarious moments without allowing the satire to lose its intensity. The film underlines the incompetence of everyone who swears by the country and feigns to defend its interests.
In the Loop is a light-hearted movie that pricks the country leaders where it hurts most.