The Hours (2002) (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 Hours

acting 9

directing 7

writing 7

effects 7

editing 7

SW score: 37

3.6 out of 5 octopi

++ I did not enjoy this film. Having had the displeasure of mental health challenges, I did not enjoy a thorough examination of the same. But that obviously does not mean it is a poor film. It’s another episode of taste versus judgment. The film is about three people undergoing life-threatening mental health explorations. They are all linked in orthogonal ways through Virginia Woolf’s work. The acting is superb. It’s Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, for f*ck’s sake. What did you expect? The acting is so good that Toni Collette and Allison Janney are lighter lights. And if you’re a fan of psychological battle and evolution, this is most definitely going to be your jam.




(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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