4 British Independent Film Awards incl: Best supporting actor (Beale) & cast
Veep goes to the Soviet Union: The comic timing is impeccable. The performances shine. You aren’t likely to find a better ensemble piece for awhile.
Who’d have thought the demise of a kill-happy Russian dictator could leave you laughing helplessly?
This is a frequently amazing, head-spinning, tragic farce that somehow manages to balance violent, stressful paranoia with absurd comedy.
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When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria – the sadistic secret police chief. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains — just who is running the government?
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (creator of TV’s successful Veep). Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. It’s often raucously hilarious, neatly crafted, sometimes visually striking, packed with excellent performances and abrasively profane dialogue. Most significant of all, it’s true.
UK 2017, 102 min, rated R16 (violence, sexual references & offensive language)
Directed by Armando Iannucci
Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin & Olga Kurylenko