I went to The Death of Stalin earlier, I’m a big fan of Iannucci in general and while I had high hopes, I was pretty sure they were well-founded, and they were indeed! The film makes a number of brave stylistic choices - from the actors using their native accents - so Steve Buscemi is playing Nikita Kruschev, but with his usual accent, to mixing between differing comedy styles - broad, physical, witticisms, deep political references, to juxtaposing that comedy with the brutality of Stalin’s regime.
Adrian Mcloughlin does a great job as Stalin, looking the part but using his cheeky chappie London accent to deflate the monster in a similar fashion to the videos that change the subtitles of Hitler’s rant from Downfall. He bullies the Central Committee even when they’re sitting around and joking, intimidates his NKVD guards, and it’s funny because of the disparity between his actions and his voice.
So yeah, a fantastic movie, I especially want to make every Tankie watch it, and see the mental gymnastics that follow as they try and justify the horrors shown alongside the comedy.