MASH (1972) (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:


acting 7

directing 8

effects 7

editing 7

writing 8


3.8 out of 5 🐙


A movie that’s clearly the spiritual ancestor of the funniest novel about war ever, Catch-22. Its absurdity doesn’t match Catch-22 but MASH set the table for one of the best TV shows ever (of the same name) and for that, I am forever thankful. Not that Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland should not be appreciated for their own comic performance. Nor should we ignore Robert Altman’s usual excellent handling of an ensemble production.




(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)

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