Thursday, 8 November 2012

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,1964, U.K
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Peter Sellers, George C Scott & Sterling Hayden

" I'm very sorry... All right, you're sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well... I am as sorry as you are, Dmitri! Don't say that you're more sorry than I am, because I'm capable of being just as sorry as you are... So we're both sorry, all right?"

The film Dr. Strangelove explores corruption, fear and the loss of sanity in the U.S defence force during the hieght of the Cold War. The film consists of several sub-plots all connecting to the main story line. An insane miliary leader, appropriately called "Jack Ripper" (Hayden) organises for top secret mission R; the unauthorised bombing of the U.S.S.R. He does this because he is afraid that the communists will take over and deprive him of his "bodily fulids."

Peter Sellers plays several characters in the film, including the U.S president and Strangelove himself. All characters are well acted, each showing a different side of insantity. Maybe film techniques, such as the toy airplane over the fake background, may not be very high-tech but proves effective and gets the message across. I guess it's pretty good for the early 60's.

The film tackles some pretty serious issues, but is able to lighten it up with comic relief, such as the phone calls. These kind of scenes make the film very engaging and funny, even with the seriousness beneath it.

Areas of the film, like some characters and scenes, feel a bit out of place. There was a serious lack of the title character, who seems to play no real role in the film. But if you are able to over look that, it's fun, interesting and very interesting.
***1/2 (3.5)

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