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Of course I enjoyed this movie. But I had to work hard not to think too hard about the plot. That’s how most movies are now, it seems. As a nostalgic postcolonial (and partially-British), I enjoyed how the Brits self-exoticized in this movie: I half-expected Potter and Poppins to appear from the helicopters. The whip-up-fear-and-go-to-war talk was disappointing -why do I expect Judi Dench and Helen Mirren to be politically astute and anti-conflict? The politics in bang-bang movies is *supposed* to be disappointing – liberal minister drones on stupidly about peace and diplomacy while all the cool people go bang-bang and boom-boom because come on, the evil foreigners are coming to get us and we have to get them first.


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