Thursday 5 April 2018

Film Review: The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin
4 April 2018
107 mins
Armando Iannucci (Director)
Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs

Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.
(IMDB Synopsis)

The Death of Stalin is a penetrating black comedy that includes some standout performances from a stellar cast. At times both amusing and horrifying, the movie offers a snapshot of a world in chaos, where jockeying for position becomes a matter of life or death. I did spend a good portion of the early part of the movie wondering where Jason Isaacs was, but they did give him a grand entrance, complete with coat tossing, when he did arrive. Overall, I am awarding the film four stars. It was funny and provocative, and I am certainly glad I saw it. However, I am not sure it's one I would keep re-watching; once was enough.

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