(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)
Fiddler on the Roof
SW SCORE: 34
3.4 out of 5 🐙
I generally hate musicals. When I was about to click play on this movie and saw that it had a runtime of 3 hours, I almost cried. No lie, it took me a couple of days to get through it. If you like musicals, most of the songs are well known to anyone above a certain age. I recognized them and I had never seen the film before. There are some witty lines and the persecution of the Jews in revolutionary Russia adds a layer of depth to the film. Not that a kind but traditional man having his family swept forward by the irresistible force of modernization isn’t deep.
Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)
Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)
(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)