A Serious Man (2009) (mini-review++)

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(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:

A Serious Man

acting 8

directing 7

effects 8

editing 7

writing 7

SW SCORE: 37

3.7 out of 5 🐙

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Look, I respect the noir genre. And I have nothing but respect for the Coen brothers. And Michael Stuhlberg plays the perfect spiraling man being torn apart by the universe. But life is challenging enough. And I just can’t really show much enthusiasm for a genre that essentially says “life is horrible and there is nothing you can do about it.” If I wanted to see that kind of message, I’d just go back to dating.

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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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