Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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

Dr. Strangelove is one of the greatest films of all time. Period. I believe that it is Stanley Kubrick's best film. The story is smart, the wit is hilarious, the acting is incredible and the whole film is perfect. From start to finish I was sucked into this amazing masterpiece. When it ended I wanted more! It's pure genius.

In the beginning we are introduced to General Jack. D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base. He is paranoid about his precious fluids and believes that the Soviet Union plotted to poison the U.S' water supply. In retaliation, he initiates 'Plan R' which allows him to attack the Soviet Union with nuclear warheads without General Buck Turginson (George C. Scott) or President Merkin Muffley's (Peter Sellers) permission. Only Ripper knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers and he has shut down communication in and out of Burpelson as a measure to protect this attack, but wait! There's more. The Russian's possess a doomsday device that will encircle the whole world with a nuclear cloud of gas unless the U.S. can stop the attack. This whole film is a race against time to stop the attack and save the world and is extremely fun to watch.

Peter Seller's was just magic in this movie, clearly deserving an Oscar for playing many incredible characters. These included President Merkin Muffley, Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake and of course one of the funniest roles in film history, the very German and insane Dr. Strangelove. I was in awe at his powerfully funny roles, which made the film legendary. George C. Scott was also brilliant as the General who believes that the Soviet's are always up to something fishy. The most remarkable scene in the whole film is when one of the pilots of the B-52 bombers rides the nuclear bomb down on the Soviet Union. It was an unforgettable moment in movie history.

In the end I found Dr. Strangelove addictive because of its extremely original story and humor. Peter Sellers did some of the best acting I've ever seen in this film, showing that he has more range than most dramatic actors of the time. The effects were brilliant as Kubrick always was one of the best, such is in 2001: A Space Odyssey. What can I say? It is just a perfect movie. I loved it!

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