The Death of Stalin (2017) Movie Review

Director: Armando Iannucci

Writer: Fabien Nury (Screenplay) Fabien Nury, Thierry Robin (Comic Book)

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor

Plot: Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.

Tagline – Russia 1953. A nation in fear of one man. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Basic Comedy

Story: The Death of Stalin starts as we dive into communist Soviet, under dictator Josef Stalin, we see how his closest ministers Lavrenti Beria (Beale), Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Vyacheslav Molotiv (Palin) who enjoy his ruling, knowing how to keep things quiet, until he has a heart attack, dying.

Now the men must work together to keep the story straight about what happened, bringing in his children, the calm Svetlana (Riseborough) and the aggressive Vasily (Friend). With the funeral prepared, we see how each of the men deals with the funeral and the future for the Soviet Union.

Thoughts on The Death of Stalin

Characters – When it comes to the characters, we get a complete host of different ministers and comrades who served under Stalin, each one has their own agenda after his death, seeing it as a chance to move into power. Each one will get made out to be an over the top style as the characters show how devoted the Russians were towards Stalin because of their fear.

PerformancesWhen we look at the big cast, we have a host of comedic performances that will get laughs at times, will show just how over the top everybody has become, it is the performances that are completely over the top which stand out more, other wise it can see people becoming slightly held back.

StoryThe story here follows the men in power tactically trying to push their own agendas after the death of their leader Stalin, in a satirical way. Where this story might miss out at times, is when it is trying to mix the reality of what did happen, by just driving the silliness into comedy, we have glimpses of the history lesson, but not enough, we make fun of the seriousness that saw countless victims of this horrible leaders, which just didn’t make this an enjoyable in anyway.

ComedyThe comedy is just showing how over the top the people in this world would be and have become, it doesn’t always work, with the couple of laughs working at the right time.

SettingsThe film uses the different locations of the Soviet leaders would operate and look to gain power.

Scene of the Movie – Moving the body.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It doesn’t get very funny.

Final Thoughts This is a satirical comedy that doesn’t get enough laughs, which only seem to be one dimensional for the most part.

Overall: Poor satirical comedy.

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – X – 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (2020) Movie Review

This is under X because of the struggles with relationships

Director: Galt Niederhoffer

Writer: Galt Niederhoffer (Screenplay)

Starring: Christina Ricci, Hamish Linklater, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brady Jenness, Lindsey Broad, Jon Abrahams

Plot: After Abigail, a single mom of two, becomes pregnant following a one-night stand with Ben, the unlikely pair try to make a go of it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Little Romance Film

Story: 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up starts when single mother Abigail (Ricci) get tricked into a blind date with Benjamin (Linklater) the two have a spark, an unusual date of planning what they would do on in a relationship before it ended, which does start like a normal fun date, only after the relationship is going well, Abigail becomes pregnant.

The two must decide what to do with this news, with Benjamin being unsure of what to do next, with Abigail knowing what it would be like to have a child, deciding whether they could be a couple that raise a kid or not.

Thoughts on 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up

Characters – Abigail is the single mother that has gotten to the stage of her life where she has accepted her life, seeing her kids over certain days, not searching for love, until her friend sets her up with a stranger. She gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby, believing this would be the change to help her feel whole again. Benjamin is the man that has been set up with Abigail, he never wanted kids or to be involved with someone with kids, until he tries to grow up to maybe have his own family. We do meet the kids, they are Wallace and Luke, who are like against Benjamin to start with, but can be won over in time.

PerformancesChristina Ricci brings the spark to her role, we can see the struggles she is dealing with, as well as the desire to have more in her life, the happiness she desires in her life too. Hamish Linklater shows how reluctant someone would be to getting into a relationship, while showing how much they will try to change.

StoryThe story here follows a single mother that gets involved in a relationship with a man that isn’t ready for kids, with her ending up getting pregnant. We follow how the two try to make a relationship out of the situation and figure out whether they can make it or not. This is a story that starts of like a meet cute style of trying to bring us a new idea of trying to get something fresh out of relationship. Saying, this we do get to deal with the traditional relationship, showing the ups and downs through one as the couple need to figure out if they are right together or not. It is a nice easy watch, that will get a few laughs.

RomanceThe romance side of the film shows us just how difficult love can be for people in different stages of their life.

SettingsThe film uses the home setting of the most part, it shows us just how the lives of everyone in that house will change during the pregnancy.

Scene of the Movie – The list being made.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too short, with an ending that could have seen more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun and enjoyable romance that does show us just how complicated relationships can be for everyone involved, with Christina Ricci take the front and centre role with ease.

Overall: Enjoyable.