The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

By Armando Iannucci

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2018-03-09
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 46min
  • Director: Armando Iannucci
  • Production Company: Title Media
  • Production Country: Belgium, France, United Kingdom
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 5.99
7.1/10
7.1
From 409 Ratings

Description

Proclaimed “the funniest political comedy of the year” (The Daily Beast), The Death of Stalin delivers a brutally executed parody of Cold War Russia. When the tyrannical ruler Stalin dies, his hapless inner circle scrambles to come up with the next evolution of the revolution – but it’s clear everyone is really out for themselves.  Written and directed by Emmy® Award winning and Oscar® nominated Armando Iannucci, Rolling Stone calls the film a “brilliant satire from a crack ensemble” (including Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Palin). Proof that comedy, like politics, is all in the execution.

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  • A Black Comedy, Too Black

    2
    By Kondeki
    This film is very strange, like it can’t decide between being a drama or a black comedy. There are comedic elements in the film, but you must understand that it is a very dark kind of comedy. It won’t have you rolling on the floor laughing, but it can amuse... Sometimes. For me, I found the film to be more informative than funny. That is primarily due to the comedic elements, or the lack thereof. Not everything portrayed is exactly as it happened, because artistic license was needed for some of the comedic elements. Some of these moments could have been funny, if the audience was properly primed. The film also fails to explain a few thing, such as what happened to Svetlana, Stalin’s daughter - for anyone wondering, she fled to America. The film also fails to explain some of the characters’ motives. For instance, there is a scene during the funeral procession where Stalin’s staff and “friends” are all standing beside his body. Khrushchev wants to switch places with Melenkov... But why? It appears he wants to be able to talk with the head of the NKVD Beria, but the film also alludes to Khrushchev’s desire to succeed Stalin. It is never explained why he wants to switch spots with Melenkov, and it only creates an awkward situation. Not just for the characters, but for the audience as well. This is probably what the writers had intended, but it was poorly executed, as no one can understand Khrushchev’s motives. Something else that is a bit of a disappointment to me, are the accents. No one has a Slavic accent, everyone has an American or British accent instead. This seems to be a bit of lazy directing to me, as almost every Hollywood film does it. A movie about Romans? Give them British accents. A film that has some Middle-Eastern people in it? British accents. It’s just lazy in my opinion, though the American accents don’t bother me as much as the British accents. There also seems to be a lack of external/internal dialogue. Nobody makes any comments, or voices their criticisms even though it’s clear they do have them. Not even the Russian citizenry speak, or crack jokes. Which is another area in which this film fails at comedy. We need to be able to hear everyone’s opinions OUT LOUD, because none of them would ever actually dare such a feat in the real world. Unfortunately, everyone acts as they would have in real life. All this having been said, the film really isn’t that bad. It’s alright, it’ll entertain but won’t make you bust a gut. Others have said the film belittles those who died under Communism’s terrible rule, citing scenes with too much violence in them. And I honestly don’t know if I can agree or disagree. Some of the violence is clearly apart of its black comedy elements, but then others seem to be an illustration of the brutality of Communist Russia. Again, the film is a black comedy, it’s not for everyone. I think it might be worth a rental, but ownership depends on your taste in films.
  • Yawn... boring...

    1
    By SendingOutAnSOS
    I had the best night of sleep after watching 30 minutes of this boring film. Now I know why it was on sale on iTunes.
  • UcanEATthePnuts

    2
    By sMiLeKi77
    Wait till it hits the 99¢ bin
  • Tasteless

    1
    By mucguy
    Millions of innocent people died under the communist regime and Hollywood has nothing better to do than to drag those deaths into the mud. Tasteless
  • It’s a dud!

    1
    By nackahero
    During the movie I kept searching for my funny bone. Sorry but it’s a one star from me.
  • 😐

    2
    By KFriedC
    I’ve been to funerals that were funnier than this film.
  • you call this a comedy?

    1
    By AINT963
    does not even deserve a review
  • Really?

    5
    By Satan'sTurtle666
    If you don’t like dark comedy, or get easily offended because of a joke, don’t watch it. Overall, very good movie.
  • Awful

    1
    By Ifly4fun2
    Makes terrible fun of the folks who suffered from Stalin’s brutal oppression. As a Russian, this is irritating to watch and quite offensive. They stepped the line.
  • Disappointing

    2
    By Household diva
    I thought that thus would be satirical, more in line of a Monty Python. My husband and I were less than amused. The wit was not hitting the mark for us.

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