While I was planning to progress largely alphabetically through the movie list, I made an exception for Dr. Strangelove because it's one I've been wanting to watch for quite a while.
I don't intend for these movie posts to be anything resembling a “review”, but rather an assortment of thoughts that came to me while watching the film or shortly thereafter. So, in no particular order, here we go:
- I was pleasantly surprised at how funny Dr. Strangelove still is. Sometimes older comedies don't hold up particularly well to society's constantly evolving sense of humor.
- The irony in several scenes was not particularly subtle. When you have a raging gunbattle going on underneath a massive billboard that reads “Peace is our Profession”, you aren't exactly trying to sneak one past your audience.
- Peter Sellers not only played three major characters (apparently the studio wanted him to play four) but he was brilliant in all of them. I hope he was handsomely compensated.
- Speaking of Sellers' potential fourth role, I though Slim Pickens did an excellent job as the bomber pilot. Apparently he was not told the film was a comedy in order to get him to play his character as “straight” as possible.
Dr. Strangelove on Wikipedia.