Halloween, so what do you do? Go and see The Death of Stalin of course. For he was a real ghoul as was a good number of others in this film.
Simply, this is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen, was riveted from start to finish.
Is it a comedy though? For me, possibly not. The humour that is there is just the natural banter that would come between colleagues and rivals over the number of years they had been working together. Heard someone say that it was Pythonesque, no it is not, that was comedy of the absurb. This was comedy of real life.
Thought the cast was excellent, the mix of English accents duplicating the wide range of Russian accents they would have experienced I totally got, and whilst there must have been some cgi it was unnoticeable. But it was the performance of Sion Russell Beale as Lavrently Beria that stands out above all the others.
So in line with the Soviet theme, I will award it.