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.
An early flash of satiric teeth from Kubrick, in probably the first explicit swipe at the powers that shouldn’t be, with incisors indeed sharpened at the industrial-military complex. Quite astounding for the time in terms of tone and subject - of course things don’t really change with sabre rattling continuing apace as I write - “After the wreck comes the beginning”. Apparently.
What an intense comedy or incompetence, authority and human failing. Dr Strangelove has been on my "watch list" for years and delivers an absurdly terrifying and iconic black comedy on a subject which put so many on edge. Featuring one of my all time favourite quotes "you can't fight in here - this is the war room". Steller performances and an absolute must-watch.
I've only watched this movie twice now. And both times I was underwhelmed as the movie began, wondering why so many people cited it as a classic for so many years. And then events start to unravel further, becoming both more ridiculous and yet also more terrifyingly believable (in some ways). Peter Sellers excels in multiple roles. Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, and George C. Scott also do great work. Love it.
I thought I was the last person alive yet to see this film. What can be said that hasn't already? It's darkly funny; with plenty of subtle truths. Sellers is fantastic - and I can't help but prefer his Mandrake or President characters over the famous Dr. Strangelove.
Peter Sellers make fun of some good political stereotypes and have a ball as a mad German scientist and we get to see the iconic image of Slim Pickens on top of a falling nuclear bomb in this one. George C. Scott also do one of his life's best roles. Stanley Kubrick never directed a funnier film than this one.
A (dammit!) still timely engagement in black comedy, (thanks to 45 and his "bigger" nuclear powers), presages just how insanely absurd the principles of Mutually Assured Destruction are...when the power to destroy our beautiful planet is in the hands of jaded (often psychotic) "men", the outcome doesn't seem so distant, anymore...more effective at exemplifying nuclear menace than "Watchmen" (the movie, not the book)
This is funny as hell but the critique doesn't, to my eyes, have much edge to it in 2017. Kubrick's riff on war in Barry Lyndon felt a lot more immediate to me. The weird libidinal energy that animates all the string-pulling is a funny contrast to the technicity of the plane ultimately responsible for ending the damn world. Presents an interesting taxonomy of people occupying positions of power, is another plus.