Fiddler on the Roof (1971) (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:

Fiddler on the Roof

acting 7

directing 7

effects 6

editing 6

writing 8


3.4 out of 5 šŸ™


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 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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