How did I miss that Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In the Loop, Veep) has a new movie coming out? This came out of nowhere! And it appears that the hilarious political satirist is taking on the (loosely) true story of, well, the death of Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.1 Let’s take a look.
Yep. This looks like an Iannucci film alright. Period trappings aside, it’s pure him: foul mouthed and witty, cynical and hilarious, and populated by an array of incompetent, backstabbing bureaucrats. I love that Iannucci has retained his usual pseudo-documentary handheld style, which contrasts nicely with the setting. Also, the fact that the cast is populated by an array of British and American actors who aren’t even attempting Russian accents2 makes everything even funnier.
And what a cast! Jeffrey Tambor? Steve Buscemi? Michael Palin? Paddy Considine? Jason Isaacs? I mean, you had me at Iannucci, but wow. In two and a half minutes I’ve gone from knowing nothing about this movie to being incredibly pumped about September.