Death of Stalin

Death of Stalin, The (Armando Iannucci, 2018) Olga Kurylenko, Tom Brooke, Paddy Considine; USA release 9Mar18

Olga Kurylenko, Tom Brooke, Paddy Considine, Adrian McLoughlin, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin

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

What a film. What an achievement. The drama is farcical and the comedy hurts. The writing and direction radiate white hot intensity, and the performances sizzle. In its ferocious grasp of absurdity, its story of petulant fiends with dangerous powers, and its stage-like focus on scenes and set pieces, The Death of Stalin evokes some of cinema’s finest political satire – including a certain film about a doctor called Strangelove, directed by Stanley someone or other. Iannucci has created one for the ages. Luke Buckmaster.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 23 July, 2108 | Now: 26 July, 2018