Fifth about The Seventh

The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin: Armando Iannucci creates a furiously farcical account of the power vacuum that happens as the result of the title of the film; the factual details may veer away from the truth (as well as the bumbling nature of some characters), but the spirit of the struggle is probably not too removed from it. It’s all very absurd, chaotic and bloody, but quite entertaining. The performers are very game with the absurdity of it all: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffrey Tambor create three wildly different characters, all in large, comedic keys, but their interactions are very fun to watch; Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs and Paddy Considine have smaller roles, but also register well (in very differing ways). The focus of the film is on its dialogue and performances, so the film generally has a clean, simple look.

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