Review process: two scores assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, 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
SW score: 40
4 out of 5 octopi
++ This isn’t my favorite Phillip Seymour Hoffman performance but it would be hard to argue that it is not his best. I resisted seeing this film because while I love the book, I wasn’t excited about a movie about the making of the book. But I was wrong. Hoffman captivates the viewer. Catherine Keener delivers an understated but beautiful performance as Harper Lee. Even though I knew the story very well, the movie kept me riveted.