In The Loop. Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

In The Loop

The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy going to war - but this one will be quick. Looks like Malcolm Tucker is in the thick of it again

AKA:
The Thick Of It Movie
Genre:
Film
Released:
2009
Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky, David Rasche, Enzo Cilenti, Chizzy Akudolu, Paul Higgins, James Doherty, Olivia Poulet
Writers:
Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Ian Martin
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation
& Aramid Entertainment

The British Prime Minister and the American President have decided to fight another war, only this one will much quicker (promise)!

The idea to go to war does not go down well with US General Miller (James Gandolfini) and UK Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster (Tom Hollander). However, when Simon accidently backs the war on live TV, he finds he has a lot of friends in Washington DC.

Simon and his one-man strong entourage in the form of Toby (Chris Addison) have to try and prevent the country going to war again. This involves Toby sleeping with an intern (Anna Chlumsky), and preventing the PM's chief strategist from rigging a UN vote. The last of these tasks will be particularly difficult, as the chief strategist is none other than the most foul-mouthed Scotsman in politics - Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi).

Our Review: Brilliant - or as Tucker would probably say: "Fan-f***ing-tastic!" In The Loop won the award for Best Screenplay at the Athens Film Festival recently, and has been nominated for a number of Bafta awards... and an Oscar!

The film has a wonderful cast who all give brilliant performances. Classic scenes, such as one in which war statistics are calculated on a toy calculator, and a incident with a broken wall (featuring a cameo from Steve Coogan), are all performed to perfection.

However, as with The Thick of It, the best bits are probably Malcolm Tucker's swearing - it's a shame we can't really post a copy of what he says here.

Fans of The Thick of It be warned though - it is a bit odd seeing members of the sitcom's cast playing different characters here, and it's also slightly sad that a couple of the regulars from the TV sitcom have been missed out of the film.