The Birdcage (1996) (mini-review++)


(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:

The Birdcage

acting 8

directing 7

writing 8

effects 5

editing 7

SW score: 35

3.5 out of 5 octopi

++ The rare American remake that lives up to the wonderful foreign film original. It’s a silly farce with a serious foundation. I’m not sure if you could make this movie nowadays. I’m not sure you couldn’t. I try not to judge a movie with modern context and mores. All I know is that I laughed my ass off and the ending was sweet and inspiring. Call me a sap. I don’t care. Williams plays an explosive manifestation of hilarious energy. I know I’ve said it before but few actors could deliver this turn.




(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 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦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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