“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” Review ✦✦✦✦✦

17 January, 2017

Year of Release: 1964
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Screenwriters: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George
Director of Photography: Gilbert Taylor
Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden

Synopsis: Released at the height of the Cold War, “Dr. Strangelove” depicts a fictional catastrophe in which an insane army general activates America’s nuclear weapons, leading the president and his team of advisers to go into crisis mode as they attempt to formulate a resolution alongside their enemies.

Dr Strangelove Review:

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is a film comprised of subtle exchanges, self-aware nods, and vicious irony. It’s a nuclear holocaust with a smile, a patriotic panic told through exaggeration and absurdity in which a number of supposedly foolproof systems crumble at the hands of a rampant conspiracy theorist, all while men in suits discuss mass murder with less mindfulness than they put into choosing breakfast.

Produced after a string of transnational disasters and written while there was still a very real chance of nuclear war on the horizon, the movie speaks much more openly to the politically informed than it does to the unaware as Kubrick’s outlandish wit pokes fun at decades of military catastrophes, retaining its relevance with ease in a post-Cold War climate as international relations continue to falter around the world while conflict remains stuck in a never-ending cycle of despair.

Presenting generals, politicians and tactical experts as nothing more than bumbling, distracted buffoons, Kubrick chips away at the men behind the uniforms as their rank, position, and title fall secondary to the impending apocalypse. While the US president and his Russian counterpart bicker on the hotline like a pair of disgruntled housewives, life-altering events begin to unravel, all leading to the arrival of an insane Nazi scientist who boldly comes forth to proclaim the key to survival in the world’s darkest hour.

It’s in this moment that Kubrick brazenly, in all his genius, underscores a vicious truth about the world we live in. During the precious minutes leading up to the end of the world, a group of highly qualified men stand back and listen to the words of Dr. Strangelove; a wheelchair-bound adviser who has formulated his very own Final Solution for those willing to survive. As the men carefully consider Strangelove’s words, allowing their despair to fuel his radicalism while on the cusp of perishing, nothing is more truthful than this hilarious yet utterly terrifying moment of insanity as humanity scrambles to survive. This isn’t a parallel reality at all, this is the one we were born into.


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