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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb- 9.5/10
'' It Should be noted that none of the characters portrayed in this movie are meant to represent any real persons living or dead'' - These are the starting ''warning'' quotes of Dr Strangelove, but after witnessing a haunting and thought-provoking movie such as Dr Strangelove filled with some really eccentric but almost realistic characters , you can't help but wonder whether these quotes are completely true or not. Dr Strangelove is haunting, gripping, mind-boggling right from the starting sequences and benefits from a really multi-talented star-cast superbly portraying some really eccentric and indifferent characters which are quite mind-boggling too, a really controversial and hard-hitting story which is quite gripping and makes you wonder whether the movie is really based on fiction or facts and which benefits from really eccentric characters and some cheeky Dark Humour, Dr Strangelove is a movie which stays with you for many a long time after watching it and makes you continuously wonder about it and is presented perfectly by the astounding Stanley Kubrick who makes yet another controversial and mind-boggling movie, this time about the dark-side of War and what the desperation and greediness of people surrounding this war can do, he makes another real gem in Dr Stangelove which is quite easily one of the most unique and perfect movies drama-war movies shown about how the effects of it can get to people.
The Story which is based on the novel ''Red Alert'' written by Peter George is revolving around the time of the Cold War, and it starts by showing an insane and sadistic Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper ( Sterling Hayden) who tries to start a nuclear holocaust by ordering his air-force troops to go and bomb U.S.A's rivals and in Jack's opinion communist rivals Russia, and after finding out about this insane act a room( called the War Room) full of politicians and other army generals try to stop that air force and call them back as soon as possible. But that is'nt possible as Gen. Jack has locked himself in a room with Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake( Peter Sellers) and is determined on not giving up the code to call the air-force back and makes it difficult for the officials to stop this preposterous act. But the President of the United States( Peter Sellers Again) tries to make peace with the Russian President and tells him to gun down the air-force sent to destroy them, but after being happy that everything will be alright, he discovers about this world-destroying bomb made by the Russian Intelligence which is automatic and will go off if the nuclear bombs strike Russia, and he along with his co-team of another mad Gen. Buck Turgidson, Russian Ambassador( Peter Bulll) and a Dr Strangelove( AND its Sellers again) are now absolutely madly trying to somehow stop this complete world-threatening disaster from happening.
Now I've seen many a movie where there are many influencial and attention-demanding characters but there are so many of them in this movie that it's almost impossible to look from one to another. Dr Strangelove does'nt have a lead-hero of sorts most simply because it's not that kind-of a movie, but one of the most unique and astounding parts of this movie is that Peter Sellers has 3 different roles in the same movie! He comes into the fray right at the start of the film as the country-devotee, hyper-excited and full of tension Group Capt Lionel Mandrake who after realizing what a terrible mistake he had done, tries to make things right by demanding the code which could call of the air-force but gets himself locked in the same room as the insane Gen.Jack Ripper and things get really tensed and difficult for him then. The 2nd character he portrays is the tensed and frantic President of the U.S.A who is extremely tensed about the insane thing done by Jack Ripper and tries to keep calm and somehow call of this air-force whose acts could lead to world-destruction. The final character is the mysterious and eccentric Dr Strangelove who is the constructor of most weapons of the U.S.A and he helps the President in dealing with the situation. Now first of all its quite unbelievable for one man to portray 3 characters in the SAME movie, and Sellers has to change his acting, his outlook and his voice for all these 3 characters and does it so well that sometimes it's difficult to figure out that it's the same guy portraying 3 completely different men whom each have a personality of there own, so full credits to Sellers for perfectly portraying these 3 difficult characters ever so well. It would be a bit disrespectful to call the remaining cast as ''supportive'' because some of them have done as good as Sellers, specially starting with George C.Scott who portrays the loud-mouth, eccentric and country-loving General Buck Turgidson and he portrays this indifferent and eccentric character ever so perfectly with the superbly timed dialogues and great face-expression with tinges of dark humour, I really loved his acting and his character is another of many-a characters in this movie which will be remembered for a long time! Sterling Hayden also did a sublime job as the insane and sadistic Brig. Gen Jack Ripper( name suits the character perfectly) who wants to watch the world burn and his acting with a cigar on his mouth through-out the movie with his same expression and rebellious and out-spoken manner was extremely well-portrayed and his sequences with Sellers are quite astounding and they both do so well that it's impossible to concentrate on one person. Now All these characters are some of the most unique, eccentric and indifferent characters I've ever seen in movies and as many of them are mainly based on Army official/politicians, you can't help but wonder the realistic nature in them and also wonder whether they're were anyone such as them during the gruesome wars. All in all the ensemble cast have done a magnificent job which is quite certain in a Kubrick movie and he again shows his immense talent by choosing a considerably inexperienced cast apart from a few and has made all of them portray their characters to the fullest.
Stanley Kubrick is reknown to make controversial movies and he really did'nt care of what people think of him or his movies as well. He made many of his movies on social-evil and the evil in our society which are ignored by the general mass and wants to put to light some controversial stories and characters which other director's/ filmmakers would'nt dare to even try to portray. He Is hated by some and beloved by many for that kind of attitude and his tremendous film-making skills are again shown in another unique and thought-provoking drama-war movie in Dr Strangelove. He has used his dark humour in the movie quite cheekily which can be understood if one watches it really carefully and although they are funny, it almost leaves you a bit ashamed at laughing at the humour. Now As I mentioned above, his usage of inexperienced and relatively un-known actors are again shown superbly in this movie as each and every one of the cast has done a splendid job in portraying each roles, and most of the characters are really difficult to portray because of their unique and indifferent manner, and credit to Kubrick for making his actors act these characters so very wonderfully, but his usage of Peter Sellers in 3 different roles is absolutely outstanding in which the way he perfectly used him to perfectly portray 3 absolutely different characters ever so well . Now this story which he has chosen to make a movie from is also controversial and is quite bold of him to make this movie, as well as direct it and write the screen-play for it as well. The Story does'nt have any action sequence or sort of things like that but that enthralling atmosphere of what's going to happen to those bombs are ever so gripping and absorbs you into the movie. The Movie is'nt dragged at any point either and is quite short and built up very well, superbly presented and explained, and it's also a little difficult to completely understand in the first viewing because of this fast-paced manner. I can now see why Kubrick is this popular and beloved by many film lovers, he makes his movies with such ease and grace by taking active part in every department of the film, and in turns makes movies which are beloved by mostly all audiences with inner-meanings which keep you wondering for a long time after watching it. Dr Strangelove is another one of the all time best war based drama movies which is presented so easily, without any war scenes or nothing of that sort but only a room filled with some men, but only with that Kubrick has earned my love for him and his movies and is quite easily one of my all-time favourite directors.
Now The Screen-play which is written by the multi-talented Kubrick himself has some really cheeky and superbly written conversations presented in a movie and the dialogues specially delivered from Sellers, Hayden and Scott are quite eccentric and out- of the ordinary but these dialogues by these characters really make you wonder about whether all of the movie is fiction or not. The Movie Might be in black and white but that does'nt deny the really great and convincing Cinematography in the movie and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor has done a really great job with the tricky cinematography in the movie. The Art Direction and Costume Design in the movie are top class in the movie, especially the costume design of Peter Sellers in the different roles really came to my attention and the art Direction and costume design team also deserve their credits for such lovely work as well.
The Music is quite exemplary as the background score in the tensed and thrilling sequences are really well delivered with the beating of the drums and music which really compliment well with any kind-of war movie of that kind and music director Laurie Johnson also deserves a lot of applause for delivering such fitting and excellent background music which never tend to disappoint one in any Kubrick Movie.
Dr Strangelove may be controversial in many ways but even with a controversial manner, it still amazes me with its thought-provoking and haunting background and although it is fully based on fiction, at the end you really wonder if there was something like the things shown in the movie in the real world, and I think Dr Strangelove should be seen by a-many because it is enthralling, gripping and really thought-provoking manner with some sublime acting and unique characters and Kubrick has made another gem in his collection of movies which will be remembered for a long long time and Dr Strangelove is one of the best war-drama movies of all time with an inner meaning which leaves you wondering.