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In-The-LoopWriting about movies you love can be challenging. You can come off as too gushy and overpraise the object of your affection and create wild expectations or possibly sicken the reader with sugary language. An opposite also exist in which one goes to town slamming a worthless turd of a movie. It’s just too easy in some cases. Telling someone that “G.I. Joe” sucks more than a Thai hooker when the fleet’s in requires no effort. Then there is the in between, that agonizing place where you try to write about a film which you feel nothing but complete indifference to. How does one formulate thoughts and opinions about something that inspired no real response? That’s the place “In the Loop” left me.

Though touted as biting political satire for the age that stubborn audiences simply refused to see out of a misguided sense of apathy, I saw a movie with some blazing use of profanity and very little else. “In the Loop” comes from such painfully familiar political point of view that an instantaneous feeling of ‘here we go again’ syndrome sits on the film’s chest and never gets up.  It’s another indictment of politcal systems where the people in control are portrayed as imbecilic, petty and reckless.  I’m a Democrat dammit!   I already know and believe this!  Give me something else or get off the stage!  Most of “Loops” characters are annoying jackasses, foul mouthed bullies or cretinous scum.  I can forgive a lack of sympathetic characterization, but no one here even constitutes any genuine interest.  The characters that we do manage to pay attention to are strictly defined by their scathing ability to string together Glengaryian streams of profanity.  I give the film props for piling on a proverbial cavalcade of chuckle enducing vulgarity, but such profane witticisms do not a movie make.  It catches the ear, but not the heart or the head.  And in foreseeable fashion the film ends on a note of cynical ambivalence.  While I see “Loop” becoming one of the most quotable movies in ages:

“Twelve thousand troops. But that’s not enough. That’s the amount that are going to die. And at the end of a war you need some soldiers left, really, or else it looks like you’ve lost.”

“Y’know, I’ve come across a lot of psychos, but none as fucking boring as you. You are a real boring fuck. Sorry, sorry, I know you disapprove of swearing so I’ll sort that out. You are a boring F, star, star, CUNT!”

“OK. Firstly, don’t raise your voice. This is a sacred place. Now, you may not believe that and I may not believe that, but, by God, it’s a useful hypocrisy.”

I can’t imagine it ever being one that anyone actually likes.


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