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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Human Rating: 4 / 5 Alien Rating: Government Cover Up

You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!

Dr. StrangeloveStanley Kubrick began making a serious movie about the End of the World As We Know It (as in a nuclear war). Halfway, he realized the absurdity behind MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) and the entire Cold War scenario, and decided to make a black comedy instead.

The end result is what is often regarded as a minor masterpiece of black comedy by many critics. Kubrick, however, doesn't pull the whole thing off as good as he could have. Some of the characters and scenes are too over the top and unfunny to have any real impact. One keeps getting the nagging suspicion that he could have done more with the material at hand.

Dr. StrangeloveClassic characters and scenes however abound: Dr. Strangelove, the German scientist imported from Nazi Germany to support the American nuclear effort getting up from his wheelchair uttering "Mein Führer, I can walk!"; the mad American general who is convinced that the Russians are poisoning his vital bodily fluids; the American bombardier straddling the nuclear warhead that causes World War III like a bronco at a rodeo (very phallic that one, by the way).

Perhaps not as relevant as during the Cold War anymore, but still worth seeing even if just for the closing shot of Vera Lynn intoning We'll Meet Again [...] A moment of pure dark cynicism unequaled in the history of cinema.

Review by James O'Ehley from The Sci-Fi Movie Page.

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