The Time is Now for The Day Shall Come

May Black Santa prevail.

Not rated. Opens Nov. 15 at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission.

You don’t get many comedies about terrorism these days, let alone comedies where the terrorists are sympathetic protagonists who get the lion’s share of the laugh lines. The most notable example is the 2009 British film Four Lions by director Chris Morris, who would be a satiric legend if he had only made the 2001 Brass Eye episode “Paedogeddon” — seriously, go watch both that and Four Lions right now — and Morris again mines terror for laughs in his hilarious, provocative new The Day Shall Come. Moses Al-Shabazz (Marchánt Davis) is a sweet-natured Miami street preacher who believes Allah speaks to him directly, and wants Moses to overthrow the European domination of America without using guns. When an FBI team including the idealistic Kendra Glack (Anna Kendrick) fails to trick Moses into buying guns, things escalate absurdly, but never implausibly. One of the best films of 2019, The Day Shall Come is fast-paced and features far wittier dialog than most domestic comedies; the closest comparison is HBO’s Veep, which Morris directed a few episodes of. And when a trigger-happy white cop says, “Unarmed black man, unarmed white man, which one’s more likely to have the gun?” during a standoff, it just figures a Brit is more honest about the United States than we can often be ourselves.

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