Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Reviewed By rotten f. milk
Posted 12/18/00 19:08:18

"This movie is as funny as it's title... and that's pretty damned good."
5 stars (Awesome)

So there I was at the local video rental place, perusing the shelves. There it was... a movie with a title so ludicrous and so long, that it piqued my attention. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick and featured Peter Sellers.

"Interesting," I said, "but would it be solid gold?"

Yes... yes it was.

Dr. Strangelove is a triumph of the genre known as "satire". The struggle between a truly funny movie and a movie with a meaningful message is a hard battle, yet Dr. Strangelove succeeds. With a somewhat convoluted plot concerning one man's patriotism and overzealousness, the film make it's point of the disaster that would and could be World War III, and as well, it attempts to show the audience the joke that was the Cold War.

All of the players' performances were histerical, from Peter Seller's two roles (including Dr. Strangelove himself), to Slim Pickens' Major Kong. Even a young James Earl Jones who makes a small appearance adds a certain straight man measure to the film.

Overall, the what the audience would take away from this film is it's overlying message against nuclear warfare. They do this in a sense that is not only funny, but endearing.

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