Bre’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am mad almost every day when I think about the fact that Peter Sellers lost the 1965 Best Actor Oscar to Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady. 1965 Academy voters, I just want to talk.
Upon second viewing, George C. Scott really blew me away. Sellers is, of course, the one that makes this film go 'round, but Scott's performance has this incredible manic energy to it that so organically transfers from the screen to the viewer. It's quite remarkable, and one of the great comedic performances of all time in my opinion. The shot toward the very end of him and Sellers (as the President) just watching and reacting to Dr. Strangelove explaining his plan for the underground colony is absolutely hysterical. Scott's ability to match a comedic talent like Sellers blow for blow throughout this whole film is an incredibly impressive thing that I did not appreciate the first time around.
What I love about this film is the little details that you catch upon rewatches. The titles on binders, the slogans on billboards in the background- Kubrick does not waste any opportunity in this film. Past being savagely funny, it is one of the most beautifully shot films ever made, which in some ways feels darkly ironic.