The Death of Stalin

Gay Times Magazine - - Agenda -

Be­tween Alan Par­tridge, The Thick of It and Veep, Ar­mando Ian­nucci has rightly earned him­self a place in the pan­theon of great Bri­tish co­me­di­ans.

So there’s un­der­stand­able ex­cite­ment about The Death of Stalin – the Scot­tish satirist’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, adapted from a crit­i­cally ac­claimed graphic novel, and star­ring a breath­tak­ingly A-List com­edy cast – Jef­frey Tam­bor, Steve Buscemi, Ja­son Isaacs, Michael Palin and more.

Alas, while it has glim­mers of the ge­nius satire au­di­ences have come to know and love from Ian­nucci, it lacks the pac­ing and bal­ance of his cre­ator-owned works like Par­tridge, re­sult­ing in a well-writ­ten but tonally wonky, nar­ra­tively in­dul­gent and ul­ti­mately frus­trat­ing farce.

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