zaterdag 15 augustus 2015

100 Movie Challenge 2015 - # 94: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Drama/ Thriller/ Comedy
Runtime: 90 minutes
Year: 1964
Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, Tracey Reed, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Jack Creley, Frank Berry, Robert O’Neil, Glenn Beck, Roy Stephens, Shane Rimmer, Hal Galili

Description: An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

Review: “Dr. Strangelove” is a direct movie, with a fairly simple story and it’s pretty light. It’s also a bit weird, thanks to actor Peter Sellers. It’s a comedy, the only comedy director Stanley Kubrick ever made. The movie wasn’t meant to be a comedy though, but Kubrick thought the satire would give this film more power and he was right.
The humor and the message of the film are stronger because of it. The humor works so well, that the conspiracy theories of general Ripper are extra amusing. But it’s not the kind of humor that will makes you role on the ground of laughter. It’s satire, with drama lurking around the corner. It’s sometimes even disturbing to laugh out loud when our reality isn’t that different. Pure comedy, but the truth is scary.
The movie is carried by its characters. Peter Sellers plays three roles: the American president, English RAF soldier Mandrake and off course title character Dr. Strangelove. That last one is the most memorable, especially in that scene where he is trying to hide his “sieg heil” gesture. Seller improvised a lot of his dialogue, which gave us some hilarious and very memorable scenes.
It’s been on my watch list for way too long, but now that I finally saw it there is only one thing I can say: Watch this film!

Rating: 4,5/ 5

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