Adam McKay should take notes. This is how you make a funny biopic that doesn't treat you like you're an absolute moron who's never had access to the internet and never ever heard of wikipedia. Seriously, make a movie, not a damn slideshow lecture. Anyways, this is a very funny film.
Horriblement drôle. À se rouler au sol si on s'intéresse à l'histoire de l'URSS et qu'on apprécie l'humour noir et cynique. Des personnages monstrueux les plus clownesques les uns que les autres. C'est rare de nos jours qu'on ait droit à un film d'humour s'intéressant en même temps à des questions d'éthique ou de politique. Il y a une certaine subtilité qui se mélange à une folie mentale explosive. 9/10.
Tonally uneven, and with a distractedly eclectic cast mugging for the camera, TDoS is stuck somewhere between an Edinburgh festival skit and a historical drama. Only Simon Beale as the feral, predatorial Beria, conveys the random terror of Stalinism, prowling around in a castle-like Lyubanka amid the sounds of bullets to the head. The horrific subject-matter is a poor fit for an Iannucci comedy of insults and farce.
"YOU ARE NOT EVEN A PERSON, YOU ARE A TESTICLE!" - one of the better movie insults to quote in recent years. Overall, this is a fun one, despite the sometimes annoying decision to stay with British/American accents. But Tambor, Palin, and Buscemi are exceptionally great in carrying this political comedy, which combines dread and laughter perfectly.
Master satirist Iannucci exceeds himself with his darkest film to date. Where previous work revealed political calamity as a byproduct of vanity & vice, The Death of Stalin is a comedy of the entrapped, the humour running straight from political terror. Its liberties with accents & history succeed in giving one the impression that it's really about the time in which it's made, not the time in which it's set.
I actually checked out the history of Stalin's death prior to watching and in some respect it's recommended because with everyone shouting in groups and talking at once you'll be asking yourself what the fuck is going. Good choice to stick to the straight English speaking without a Russian accent in sight and surprisingly as absurd as the events are it's fairly accurate in the political power struggle after Stalinism
The comedy of Iannucci is so sharp and brutal that exploring the politics and mayhem surrounding the death of Stalin makes a lot of sense. Although partly a comedy there are violent and brutal moments which create a sombre tone which is hard to rebound from. An nice reference from Palin on his climb of Kilimanjaro and some moments of visual comedy which provide some relief, as well as a great cast.