Wednesday, 3 September 2014

IMDB top 50 No. 43 “Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) published a list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time. They were generally bad.

Here is the comparable IMDB list…. (list generated on 9/7/2014)

Number 43: Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Rule 1: I will now call the film by its short title “Dr Strangelove” as my keyboard will otherwise be unable to take the strain.

shot0003Dr Strangelove undoubtedly has one of the most absurdly long titles ever given. This is in perfect keeping with the main thrust and absurdness of the film. Absurd in its reality that is. The movie is a comedy but also a nail-biting thriller and a social comment on the arms race. Carried by brilliant performance its a mainly set free affair and the effects budget is mainly spent on squibs and plane shots.

When the Mad General Jack D Ripper uses a government passed backdoor to launch a bombing run on Russia involving all kinds of anti cancellation failsafe's the race against time starts to save the world. Sadly Russia has one upped the USA in the implementation of a doomsday “Dirty Bomb” that will wipe out all life on Earth should they be attacked… and it also cannot be stopped.

With three great performances by Peter Sellers in different roles Dr Strangelove is a fantastically compelling movie that seems to grow in stature with every viewing, the last time  watched it I found it shot0006good, this time excellent. Maybe next time it will make the top 50… but not today.

You see the Cold War paranoia just doesn't hold the bite today that it did in the latter half of the 20th century. The remaining comedy, which is brilliantly staid and very, very, British and dry just doesn't have the weight to carry the rest of the film.


IMDB rate this movie at 8.5, its a fair rating
Rotten Tomatoes give the film an impossible 100%. This is too high.

So close to entry, this has been my hardest choice yet.

With 7 films entered into the R@R list so far, what will be the next?

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