I had read that most of the movie was based on actual events such as:
1. His guards KNEW he was dying but were terrified to respond in time 2. He lacked good docs because he'd had most of the decent ones killed or sent to the gulag 3. His son was a real fuckup and he managed to keep him out of trouble (mostly) by appointing him a General in the Soviet Air Force
Posts: 24417 | Location: Pennsylvania | Registered: November 12, 2007
I had a great time - thought it was an enjoyable film.
It was dark, yes, but the period it covers was extremely dark. I think knowing a bit about that period in history the ironies and humor were very obvious to me, but most of the folks in the theater were laughing when I did, so the humor wasn't super-obscure.
Posts: 12301 | Location: North Carolina | Registered: October 15, 2007
I finally got around to watching this. I have not laughed out loud that much at a movie in years.
That stated, it is very dark, cynical, and ends on a really dark note, which seemed a bit out of place. If you know much about Stalin post-WWII and the politics and characters, that would help a lot. Not for everybody, such as my wife, but they nailed it from my perspective.
Posts: 2537 | Location: Alexandria, VA | Registered: March 07, 2011