Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (mini-review++)


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

The mini-review:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

acting 8

directing 8

writing 6

effects 10

editing 9

SW score: 41

4 out of 5 octopi

++ A sweet story that introduced heretofore unseen (by most mainstream movie audiences) martial art magic. There are no words that can adequately describe Ang Lee’s fantasy world where masters defied all laws of physics. This new style alone would have made the movie enjoyable but performances by legends Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh along with junior wunderkind Ziyi Zhang breathe depth into what is essentially a good versus evil fight flick. It’s a fantastic fairy tale that opened many eyes.

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