Roma (2018) (mini-review++)

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(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

Roma

acting 8

directing 4

writing 5

effects 8

editing 8

SW score: 33

2 out of 5 octopi

++ I am a Latinx who grew up in the kind of household that is depicted in Roma. I don’t think this was Cuaron’s intention and maybe it’s just I have some unresolved angst with my own cultural baggage but this homage to his upbringing feels like a transparent attempt by the monied classes in Latin America to justify the socio-economic feudalism that allows them to keep people in subservient roles. But it’s ok, pleads the film: “Look how well we treat our serfs!” I hated this film. You should probably ignore this review.

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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