I was a bit tired when I saw it so maybe my review is not as positive as it should be. The historical aspect is really interesting and the fact that during the cold war a nuclear war could have been triggered by mistake or by someone who had completely lost the plot. Each character is well developed and interesting in its own ways and some are even funny and loveable.
59/100 (Bu sefer ikinci izleyişim. Kubrick'e yakıştıramadığım tek film oldu.1) Abd'de genelkurmay, başkan filan dururken kıçıkırık bir komutan nasıl nükleer silah kullanabiliyor. 2) Dünyada duyduğum en aptalca şey Kıyamet günü silahı. SSCB'ye bir saldırı olursa otomatikman kimseye sormadan devreye girip dünyayı yok ediyor. Rezalet - 3) Filmde Abd siyasilerinin aksine komutanlar ve Sscb eleştiriliyor. Korkaklık...)
What is there to say? To this day, the finest satire ever made, by one of the sharpest ironists who ever lived, featuring some of the most delightfully perverse characters ever conceived. I love how, even with the world on the brink of destruction, it all boils down to men and their dicks. Precious bodily fluids, indeed.
★★★/ 35mm / An exuberant absurd black comedy. Sellers is genius as 3 characters, Hayden soars as the mad general with his fluoride theory. To me, the constantly reoccurring scenes of the plastic plane and faux documentary moments of the bomber crew are tedious and disrupt the mayhem. It needed more of the war room and its surreal comic theatre with Sellers, as the neurotic president and crazed Dr. Strangelove.
3.2 stars. One of those films I really want to love, but don't. I think I'm just that bit too much of a wet blanket for it. I mean, I love Chris Morris, The League of Gentlemen, Nathan for You and even PFFR... but I simply not despairing enough to laugh at this! (I mean, of course I laugh at the gags and Seller - just not the central conceit).
My personal favorite Kubrick film (and a definite contender for most well-crafted comedy of all time) although I acknowledge the greater influence of Stanley's 2001: A Space Odyssey. We watched this film in my AP Government high school class and ever since I've been fascinated by its brilliant political satire as well as those iconic B-52 bombers. Great Peter Sellers performance too.
Kubrick's first film as the writer & producer to go along with his director credit, and he made it a big one. Remember the era it came from: this was positively slanderous at the time. Peter Sellers puts on *three* show-stopping performances, and he's more than well-supported by the incredible George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden. One of my favorite movies (as you can tell by the praise...)
Kubrick is well-known as a photographic perfectionist,with sometimes a thin grasp of the acting side - hence the usual ciphers - Dullea, O'Neal, Nicholson, Cruise, puppet performers in a larger widescreen theatre. Uniquely, this is an enacted repertory, ensemble piece worthy of Altman Unrestrained comedy acting of great fizzy brio with Hayden, Scott and especially Sellers having no-limits fun Stupendous comedy.
This has one of the greatest screenplays I've ever witnessed! The previous feeling of low-key absurdity present in Kubrick's previous efforts just breaks through screen and hits you in the face with like a right hook. The amount of wit and intelligence here shown at every moment is just outstanding. It's demented in the very best sense of the word.