(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)
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 🐙, 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)