OK, I promised Dr. Strangelove. Commence with the deliverance.
First of all, if you haven't seen this film, go do it. As is my custom, I have made many a person sit through this movie against their will. Time and time again they come out the other side loving it and raving about it to others. Honestly, I don't think I know anyone who dislikes this film.
The basic premise is that a deranged military camp general, Jack D. Ripper, decides to take matters of nuclear war into his own hands and, by means of a loophole in the system, is able to order a strike on Russia. Keep in mind that this black-and-white beauty was filmed in 1964. Not exactly friendly times to be messing with Russia. Bold move, Mr. Kubrick.
Dr. Strangelove is a dramedy, if you will, leaning more towards the 'medy. Very random humor can be found throughout. The look of the film is certainly dated, but that just increases the laughter on the unintentional comedy scale. You just know that they were really trying hard to pull off some of those special effects sequences (if you can even call them that; they don't seem too special).
The performances are fine all around. Not a bad note to be found. George C. Scott and Peter Sellers are to be specifically noted for their excellent performances. Sellers pulls of the tour de force here, operating as three different characters, including the good doctor himself. One of my favorite things about this movie is that for the first 70-80 minutes you are left with absolutely no clue as to why this movie is called Dr. Strangelove. Priceless.
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It should be noted that though the visuals of the film may feel a bit dated it really doesn't detract from the story. And the story holds up to modern times like a coaster propping up a coffee table. I meant that in a good way (was that evident?). Kubrick, through humor, really gets to the heart of fear, unmitigated bias, unsubstantiated xenophobia, etc., etc., and so on. If you don't make the application to the world events we see everyday in the papers (does anyone read newspapers anymore? Someone should study this. Seriously.) or on Yahoo! News than you must have more important issues to deal with. Meow!
So what is the films final statement? In a word: brilliant (like those Guinness commercials)! I dare say no more. They say this one's got a surprise ending.