(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)
Million Dollar Baby
SW SCORE: 38
3.8 out of 5 🐙
Outsider convinces the reluctant old coach to train them into a great fighter and emerges triumphant. Sound familiar? it’s one of the most popular Hollywood storylines. But in this case, the ending is hardly triumphant. It’s complicated. It did remind me a LOT of the ending to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood act well, as usual, and Eastwood delivers solid direction. But it is of course Hillary Swank that commands our attention. After Boys Don’t Cry, I slot this as her 2nd best performance.
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)