(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)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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.
(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)