Yay! I finaly found where I saved my old review. One of my teachers asked us to write a review on what we think the best movie of all time was, so here it is: excepts of what I wrote about Dr. Strangelove, its a bit longer than 300, but I did trim it a good bit.
The plot of this movie is a good one. It even has many intriguing twists, such as the discovery that the Russians had a doomsday bomb. This ultimate deterrent to nuclear war has been until then unknown because the Russian premiere wanted to surprise everyone with it (because he just loves surprises). The plot, however, is not the real backbone of this movie.
What really makes this film worthwhile is the great irony it contains. From the opening scene, this film tries hard not to take itself seriously. The ironies are subtle ones, though, and take a moment to fully grasp. One example is when we are shown the inside of a B-52 on standby. The crew is playing cards and the pilot (Slim Pickens) is reading a Playboy. The safe that holds the nuclear attack plans is home to more important items too, such as the pilot?s cowboy hat and some pictures of scantily clad women. This movie is packed with times when the situation calls for anything but a joke, and jokes are given. The jokes carry meaning to them too, which make them all the more satisfying. One example is when the army is sent to retrieve General Ripper, who has barricaded himself inside his airbase. As one soldier is getting ready to fire on the oncoming trucks, he mutters, ?Gotta hand it to those commies, those trucks look just like ours.? The trucks are ours, and this statement puts the whole McCarthyism period of false accusations in a sarcastic light. The humor in this film covers the entire spectrum of dry comedy, from someone saying, ?Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!? to soldiers fighting in front of a large sign that proclaims, ?Peace is our profession.?
The scenes in this movie flow marvelously well. Nothing is introduced without a bit of hinting beforehand, meaning that the viewer is never presented with situations in which they have no clue what is happening. For example, the president decides to tell the Russians where the planes are so they can destroy them before they reach their targets, and in the very next scene we are shown a plane being fired upon. While not of critical importance to a movie, scene selection lets the great humor and decent plot of this movie built to a satisfying climax.
For containg subjects that shouldn?t be joked about, this movie is a great comedy. Its humor reaches deep, and makes the viewer think about why it is funny, and all too often the reason is because it shouldn?t be funny. Dr. Strangelove is enjoyable and entertaining, and also makes the viewer ponder the question of what if this really did happen.