The darkest of dark comedies, this manages to be both hilarious and chilling at the same time. A fantastic ensemble cast, a script that whips along at a terrific pace, and a plot that highlights the horrific aspects of Stalin’s regime by making jokes around those aspects (but never directly about them).
I also loved the fact that there was no attempt by the mostly British and North American cast to put on Russian accents. This works perfectly: a Cockney barrow boy Stalin seems perfectly appropriate somehow. This is one of those films I’d love to watch again, as I’m sure I missed some details as the plot raced along.
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