(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: 38
3.8 out of 5 octopi
++ Definitely the biggest and boldest love story of 2005. Controversial then but, thankfully, much less so today. Well, at least in most circles. This was NOT the case in 2005. Marriage Equality wasn’t even on the radar. The people who hated this movie are the same people who will probably still hate it now. Ang Lee, whose filmography is more diverse thematically than any other major modern director, ignored the controversy and guided a classic love story between two people who could never be together. Instead of Montagues and Capulets, it was just men and men. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal played three-dimensional people, not homophobic stereotypes. And they were both well-known male leads. The fact that they were not afraid to take these roles in 2005 says a lot. I am certain they were counseled against it. It didn’t seem to hurt their careers at all. Both of them were miraculously able to get heterosexual lead parts. I hate to keep going about the social significance of this movie because aside from all that, it’s just a really powerful and simple and sweet love story. OK, there’s nothing “just” about it. Saddle up.
(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)