The Death of Stalin

Landmark takes MoviePass now! Which means this movie that’s been on the edge of my radar is finally an option. People on Stardust have been talking it up, but I didn’t care enough to wanna pay for it. Then Friday plans fell thru, and I had to stop at the nearby Hot Topic to pick up an order of Ready Player One swag, so hey let’s see this comedy people have been raving about.

Every week or so at trivia, a history question will come up that the team starts debating. Inevitably, they’ll look at me to chime in, and I always respond with “If there wasn’t a movie about it, I don’t know it.”
History is not my strongsuit. Therefore, I’m gonna hafta steal the summary from IDMB: “Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.”

Wait, but I just saw the movie about it, can’t I explain it now? Um, no, I had no idea what was really going on plot wise. I was mostly okay with that tho, because this movie was really funny. I appreciate wit, which is what this was. While it didn’t evoke hysterical laughter from me, there were bursts of it in the audience (which was still pretty sizeable considerign this has been out for like two months). From me, the reaction was more “Hey that was clever. Well done”, and that reaction occurred with much more frequency that comedies typically get outta me nowadays.

What I also loved about this movie was seeing Steve Buscemi on the big screen. When was the last time we saw him there? It feels like it’s been too long. I don’t know that he was particularly standout for any reason other than being him, but for me that’s reason enough.

The Death of Stalin – \m/ \m/ \m/

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