Movie #100 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

A commander in charge of nuclear bombers goes rogue and sets off a chain reaction that the president must race to stop.

 

One more Kubrick film checked of my list. As one of my favorite directors I have been trying to watch all of Kubrick’s films for awhile now but this one has been a thorn in my side. I have attempted to finish it on multiple occasions in the past over the course of many years. Through all of those attempts I kept thinking that this may be the only Kubrick film I disliked. I could never quite fully invest myself in the story and would always end up turning it off before it finished. Having finally finished the movie from beginning to end I am starting to wonder what past me could have possibly been thinking. Kubrick once again delivers a fantastic film and while it may not knock his other films off the pedestal of my favorites, it certainly is not “the one Kubrick film I dislike”

 

This is a movie that is going right onto the list of movies I need to re-watch. I feel like I missed about a hundred different jokes that were more subtle than the purposeful overacting and ludicrous lines that make up the bulk of the comedy in the movie. I do feel like a lot of the impact that this movie originally had may have been lost on me however. When this movie came out, the threat of nuclear war was hanging over the heads of everyone in America. To make a movie making fun of the idea of nuclear war would have been a much ballsier move at the time. This and the fact that the special effects have not aged well are the only two things that are really working against my good opinion of this film. “Dr. Strangelove” may be a much older movie but its one I suggest you watch if you haven’t already, I give it a 7.5/10

 

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