Dr. Strangelove - Eric Nelson
I can honestly say that I enjoyed Dr. Strangelove. The humor hit me like, well, an atomic bomb. The representations of technology in the film point towards our society as being technologically savvy, but also a race of self destruction. We take great technological advancements and turn them into tools of war. More effort is put into technologies that destroy life and less effort is put towards technologies that save lives, which is why the bombs drop and do what they were designed to do, but the safe guards never accomplish what they are supposed to.
I don’t think critics of the time did get it. They did not look into the film deep enough and only took what was on the surface, which I found hilarious, and called it slander. I also agree with the characters being viewed as loveable lunatics, because it is all in good fun and for purposes of entertainment. This movie was not intended to make the military or politicians look foolish, but rather to incorporate comedy with a message.
I actually do not think that people understand the seriousness of the message. Most people would watch the movie and say it was humorous because lets face it people go to movies to be entertained not to analyze and think.