More and more people are subscribing to Netflix as more and more brick-and-mortar Blockbusters are shutting down. We all saw it coming, and it was only a matter of time before Netflix became the dominant company in the rental business, despite them making some questionable decisions in the past couple years. It has come to a point where more and more people are asking if a certain movie is on Netflix Instant Play. And why shouldn’t they? The convenience of simply pressing a button rather than going to a store or waiting for something in the mail. Heck, the DVD I have from Netflix has been sitting here on top of my DVD player since the beginning of the year.
I’ve decided that each week, I will pick a movie from the Instant Play library and offer it up for discussion. I will start off by picking movies I have watched and want to recommend to people, but I would like to get to a point where the readers and I are both discovering something for the first time. For these posts, I will not dive into much detail about the movie, rather giving up a brief summary and trailer, and then discussing it with the readers in the comments. Possible talking points will be added as well, but this new feature will be mostly about offering a suggestion to a movie that the readers can watch right away, and discuss their thoughts afterwards.
For the first week, I am going to offer up the 2010 comedy Four Lions. Directed by Christopher Morris and starring mostly new actors, this satire follows four Islamic Brits, who have dreams of being jihadis. This is a dysfunctional group, however, and they spend the majority of the time trying to clean up the disastrous mishaps they continually have. This is a movie that isn’t scared to bring up any subject and do it in jest. This was my favorite comedy from 2010, and had me laughing out loud the entire time, even on the repeat viewings. Below is the trailer, but having just watched it for the first time, I would suggest to watch only about half of it, as it reveals quite a bit and ruins some of the funniest parts of the film. Click here to watch the movie right now.
Possible topic of discussion:
- How controversial do you believe this film is, and how much does it being a satire affect that?
- We don’t exactly see too many films with this type of comedy; Do you want more or keep that status quo to make movies such as this one all that much better?
- What was your favorite part?