Enduring, witty, and groundbreaking, Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove set the bar for black comedy and political satire and inspired popular culture for decades after. 9.3/10.
A Cold War political satire/black comedy, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove follows U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper as he goes completely insane and sends bombers to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks communists are polluting the “bodily fluids” of Americans and issues nukes, sending the whole world and politicians into frenzy.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Most Memorable Moment: War Room discussion of the response to Ripper’s order
Pros: Phenomenal acting especially by Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, hilarious and terrifying in perfect balance – set the bar for all black comedy and political satire following, a lasting impact on popular culture unparalleled by many movies in history, a sophisticated storytelling and signature style that favors telling a story through images and frames instead of the need for excess words and dialogues, hilarious satire especially in the war room with things like the general’s wife calling during a potential nuclear catastrophe and political interplay between the U.S. President and Dymtry, great pacing, a scene-stealing and iconic portrayal of Dr. Strangelove by George C. Scott, hilarious yet terrifying ending with the bomb and nuclear bunkers and Strangelove’s out of control hand, beautifully destructive ending with the mushroom clouds
Cons: the whole “bodily fluids” things a miss for me, can be a little confusing with all the war and general terminology at the beginning, ending a little too drawn out
Overall Rating: 9.2/10