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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964
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  • Stanley Kubrick
  • January 29, 1964
  • 95 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, War
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An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. A classic black and white war satire from director Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers.

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Another masterpiece from one of the greatest directors ever.

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This was probably one of the last Stanley Kubrick movies I saw, at least not counting the shorter ones from his super early days. I loved it straight away though. The comedy in this is just spot on. I know Dr. Strangelove is the title, but George C. Scott really steals the peak of my laughter. He's so over the top in his plan explanations and new ideas. Everything in that war room is solid comedy.

Then there is the military base, which also features a plethora of great laughter. Jack D. Ripper is shot in such an indimidating way while explaining his crazy plans. I love it when he explains himself. And by explains, I mean shows off his absolute bat shit craziness. It makes you wonder if something like this could happen if a high up general lost his mind. The military officially says it can't...

BUT CAN IT? Perhaps they are just trying to change our minds with the fluoride they pump into our systems.

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I really wanted to love this film as much as I love Kubrick's other work, but I couldn't. It just doesn't hold up. Maybe Dr. Strangelove was edgy, dark comedy in the 1960s, but in 2016 it just seems really wooden and unnecessarily over-the-top (I'm looking at you, George C. Scott). If you removed all the overly-long stock footage of B-52 bombers flying around, and all the lengthy protocol checks and switch-flipping being done by the crew inside, I suspect this film would clock in at 35 minutes. Even then, it would be 15 minutes too long.

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