By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Armando Iannucci
Written by: Fabien Nury, Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Thierry Robin
Genre: Drama, comedy
MPAA: R (Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.)
Starring: Adrian McLoughlin (as Josef Stalin), Steve Buscemi (as Nikita Khrushchev), Simon Russell Beale (as Lavrentiy Beria), Jeffrey Tambor (as Georgy Malenkov), Paddy Considine (as Comrade Andryev)…
Running Time: 107 minutes
These days when modern comedies try to make people laugh based on foul language and outrageous behaviour, The Death of Stalin (2018) comes to remember you the beauty of the fine humor, the different subtle hues that good comedies are made of, and above all, to make you laugh for a while. The Gold Rush (1925), The Great Dictator (1940), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) or Woody Allen with his Hannie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979) are among the movies that quickly come to your mind to create some parallelism after watching The Death of Stalin since in this movie, humor comes from subtle things: A simple gesture, a facial expression suggesting something or a simple phrase, in appearance, but with infinite jest and a great deal of ingenuity that will make the audience burst out laughing.
The Death of Stalin (2017) is a scathing political satire about the last days of the Soviet dictator and the struggle for power that his death brought among his close aids. Pay attention to the face of the people around Stalin, the reaction of some of them after knowing that their names were included in the famous Stalin’s list, which was tantamount to saying that they were going to be killed sooner than later. Observe the way they played with Stalin’s coffin or the way they arrived at his place and tried to persuade his daughter. If you don’t laugh after that, you are not human. I tip my hat to the director Armando Iannucci for creating a very simple movie, but filled with a lot of fun.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.
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