Movies need to be entertaining, period. Shampoo is entertaining, see that. If you're a film student see 'Reds' so you can learn what doesn't work. First of all the subject matter: communists are by definition idiots. Communism failed causing the death of milllions in Russia and China, and creating human suffering everywhere it's been tried. Misguided, naive, stupid people are not interesting. Imagine a movie that tries to lovingly tell the story of Hitler, Goebbels, Himler, Goring and the Nazis and the origins of fascism in Germany: that is what Beatty tried to do here. The Soviet Union was a monstrosity. Communisn resulted in misery on a scale the world has never seen. Watching this film the can never take the characters seriously, knowing that what they were fighting for was so abominable.