This makes me realize that Valkyrie should have been a comedy perhaps.
This is a really good political comedy on what transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin and how the committee quickly schemed to gain control and advantage in the hours and days directly after.
There's some pretty funny stuff going on but it's not going to be for everyone. One guy in the theatre was cracking up at some parts, I was laughing at others. It will certainly hit people differently.
Steve Buscemi is good, Jeffrey Tambor is better, but Jason Issacs really steals the show as Zhukov. He just kills it in every scene he's in.
Warning, this is as black as comedy gets. Naturally, this movie has been completely banned in Russia.
They say that comedies are the hardest scripts to write. I seriously am dumbfounded as to how they manage to pull off a comedy set amongst a monstrous number of executions. But they did it.
Heart rating: 5 stars (the amount of risk this film takes alone makes it worth 5 stars, they put everything into it)
Brain rating: 4 stars