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

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

I went into Dr Strangelove nearly blind, knowing that it's a film by Kubrick and that it's about a nuclear annihilation, but I had no idea that it's a...comedy, a satire, such an absurd film. And yet, I ended up liking it, a lot.

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a film that was written as a satire on the cold war (well, it's based on a book, but the book isn't a comedy and I haven't read it so I'm gonna refer to the film alone here). Plot: a US airforce general named Jack Ripper, with some...unusual...opinions, oversteps his authority in order to destroy Russia with a nuclear attack. While the planes are on their way to bomb their targets, the whole government is in panic and tries to find a solutio. That's it, basically.

I don't think that I have any major criticism towards Strangelove. It's a relatively brief film (only 1.5 hours long), that doesn't get you extremely emotionally invested, but I don't think that it suffers a lot from it cause that's what Kubrick was going for.

This film is like a long, cinematic, extended caricature of the cold war situation. Everything here is so paradoxical and absurd. The film was filmed in a manner that a noir film would've been shot, to emphasize how laughable the situation is, how much humor there is within the horror. The human race works in weird ways, and that's what the film depicts. I really like the ways in which the film conveys it all, and how strong are the dark comedy vibes here.
Also, the dialogue is quite good for most of the film (mY PreAcIOus BOdily fLUidS), the main characters are fun and memorable, and the acting is honestly great.
Peter Sellers specifically gives here such different, versetile performances. It's kinda mind blowing. (he plays three character - Strangelove, Mandrake and the president). So, yeah. I also like the symbolism in the soundtrack, it works in so many thought provoking ways.
And, yeah, this film is straight up fun, in my opinion.

To sum it up, I'd say that this film is a fun, well written and smart satire, and if you like dark humor you should definitely check it out. And as I said, even though it's a comedy it still presents a lot of interesting ideas in creative ways. I wasn't blown away, but I had fun and I appreciate this film a lot. I'm feeling an 8.3/10 on this one.

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