I went into this completely cold. No trailer, no summary from a friend, no reading the description, I didn't even know the genre. I just knew it was a film with Peter Sellers in the lead role. I think that experience highlighted just how mesmerizing and instantly likable Sellers' performance was. In the first 5 minutes, I felt inexplicably attached to Chance in a way I rarely feel for anyone, let alone a fictional character.
Chance is so real, so endearingly helpless and kind, that I spent the much of the run time overwhelmingly concerned for his safety in the nest of vipers that is Washington DC. Perhaps if I'd known that I was watching a political satire from the beginning I would have been less worried for him. Regardless, the film as a whole was gorgeously quiet, impactful, and (when I finally started to relax) funny.