In the Loop Reviews
I was unaware at first that the movie is based off of the British television series The Thick of It. But don't worry, you don't need to know the show to understand the movie. The commentary is biting, the mockumentary feel allows for some excellent comedy, and the performances (my personal favorite being James Gandolfini as General Miller) make this a fantastic comedic gem that is worth many viewings.
Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) a British Minister gets embroiled into a media circus after making a controversial statement on war. While every single politician and their aides have a different agenda on their minds, rest is a showdown comprising of bullying, canniness, betrayal and righteousness.
First thing to admire is its script - that is so water-tight in terms of clarity, pace and development. Next is the spontaneous work by relatively unknown actors who pitch in with their own persona even though sometimes the script makes them do similar things as others. There are some good moments like the one where the roles played by James Gandolfini and Mimi Kennedy sit in a nursery and do war plans using a toy calculator. However it gets a little repetitive and incomprehensible when trying to process each character's utter dislike with each other and this also minimizes its reflection on the real world.
A hilarious romp but something says that it also can be easily forgotten.
Wonderfully acted from an ensemble cast that includes Steve Coogan, James Gandolfini and Mimi Kennedy. A delightful treat that will be better the more you watch it.