The Aviator (2004) (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:

The Aviator (2004)

acting 8

directing 7

effects 8

editing 7

writing 7


3.7 out of 5 🐙


Yeah, it looks great. Yeah, Blanchett and DiCaprio are their usual excellent selves. But what am I supposed to take away from this movie? A once brilliant man goes insane? I get a biography shouldn’t hide the ugly truths in a life but unlike Scorcese’s great films, how many of you are dying to see this movie again? Goodfellas? Sure, of course. The Departed? Nope. Scorcese is a great director. But he has not directed a great film in a long time. Maybe the Irishman will break that streak. But I doubt it.




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)

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