Worth Watching - Mar 15: Political In the Loop Trailer
by Alex Billington
March 15, 2009
Yep, that's "The Sopranos'" James Gandolfini in an actual comedy, believe it or not. In the Loop is a British political comedy shot in the style of a TV show like "The Office". It actually first premiered at Sundance and got some rave reviews, even though it wasn't exactly a big hit by any means. In addition to Gandolfini, In the Loop stars Tom Hollander, David Rashe, Peter Capaldi, Anna Chulmsky, and Mimi Kennedy. Sadly, I never got to see this, but Optimum has released an official trailer for the film today and it definitely looks good. If you're a fan of British humor, than this is a must watch. Watch the trailer below.
James Rocchi said in his Sundance review: "It's achingly, wrenchingly, dizzyingly funny, with a bleak, bitter sense of humor… In the Loop has such intricate and layered jokes, such carefully called-back and smartly referenced running gags that they go beyond comedic genius and into sheer dramatic brilliance."
Watch the trailer for Armando Iannucci's In the Loop:
For more info, head over to the official website: IntheLoopMovie.co.uk
The US President and UK Prime Minister suddenly fancy a war. But it'll be quick this time. Promise! General Miller doesn't think so and the British Secretary of State for International Development agrees. But after he accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington DC.
In the Loop is directed by Scottish filmmaker Armando Iannucci, of "Time Trumpet" and "The Thick of It" British TV shows. The screenplay was co-written by Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong and Simon Blackwell ("Peep Show", "The Thick of It"), and Tony Roche. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is being distributed by Optimum Releasing in the UK and IFC Films in the US. In the Loop hits theaters in the UK on April 17th but doesn't have a US release date just yet. Stay tuned for more details!
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
I dont think James Gandolfini being a comedy is worth of a "believe it or not". James Gandolfini has stated numerous times during his tenure of The Sopranos that he was very uncomfortable playing such a violent, angry character, even though various believe he did a great job. Cast members also state he had alot of issues playing such a character for a so long and many called him just a "funny teddy bear". I think a comedy is the perfect way for him to offset his former roles.
Zack on Mar 15, 2009
regardless of my early morning rant, movie looks good.
Zack on Mar 15, 2009
Kiss my Sweaty ......
Dusty on Mar 15, 2009
Not really the first comedic role for Gandolfini - just see Romance & Cigarettes. This looks like a fine British comedy.
Delvis on Mar 15, 2009
This looks infintely funnier than The Office. I'm going to need to see this.
Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Mar 15, 2009
This looks like an excellent comedy!
xerxerxex on Mar 15, 2009
just like France... lol
Chris H. on Mar 15, 2009
For those unfamiliar with comedy from the UK Armando Iannuci is one of our shining stars. Everything he's done has been golden. His work with Chris Morris on The Day Today, his work with Steve Coogan on I'm Alan Partridge, his own criminally underrated show and the series that sparked this movie (The Thick of It). Everything he's done has been simply brilliant. He is easily one of the greatest minds to work in comedy and I'm looking forward to this movie so hard that I can taste my own pee.
Rob on Mar 15, 2009
Caught this at Sundance and it's pretty great. It's scheduled for US release in the Fall and for any Arrested Development fans, Mitch Hurtwitz (the show's creator) made a TV pilot of "The Thick of It" for ABC. It was turned down for "Cavemen."
Boxoffice Marco on Mar 15, 2009
Best comedy at sundance. go see it!
Aequitas on Mar 15, 2009
Is that Anna Chlumsky? OMG!
rocken on Mar 16, 2009
James Gandolfini . Doesn't want to type cast as a gangster . So every movie he's in the army . Warden the last movie
watcher on Mar 19, 2009
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