2019 Blind Spot Series: Dr. Strangelove of How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb
What I knew going in: The basic premise
General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) orders an attack on the Soviets while a room full of politicians attempt to stop him.
There's one thing I never wanted my blog to feel like and that's a job. I always want to write for fun and I genuinely feel that way 99.9% of the time. However last Monday when I sat down to watch my Blind Spot pick, which I was running late on, I was having a terrible day. This was that .1% of the time where this felt like an assignment I needed to complete. Going into this with that mindset, I was expecting to view this feel very negatively whether it deserved it or not.
But it turns out a satire was a nice way to block everything else out for an hour and a half because I legitimately enjoyed this. Even with my son, who was reading in the same room kept pointing out "all they're doing is talking." The war room scenes were the best because of that. Peter Sellers, who plays multiple roles - the titular Dr. Strangelove, the president, Captain Mandrake really stole the show. George C. Scott was another treasure in those scenes.
Frankly, the film is just stupid and that makes it enjoyable. I don't think it's perfect. The lone female in this film is there for no reason at all other than to look hot and while I was excited to see James Earl Jones, he had nothing to do, but for a film I felt so determined to dislike going in, I'm glad I came out the way I did.
Memorable Quote: "I know Dmitri, can you imagine how I feel?" - President Muffley (Peter Sellers)