Scent of a Woman (1992) (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:

Scent of a Woman (1992)

acting 10

directing 8

effects 7

editing 8

writing 8


4.1 out of 5 šŸ™


I’m happy that Al Pacino won the best actor Oscar for this film. He used to do roles that were diverse: The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, and (this). But he’s settled into a rhythm that happens to most of the great ones: he’s just playing th same personality for all his characters, regardless of their occupations or situations. But the character of a balls-to-the-wall, blind, crazy aggressive, military veteran who can dance the tango is one that’s really never been duplicated. it was also nice to see him play a role that didn’t involve violence. Look, I love violence. I was raised on violent media in the 80s. I’m just saying this because he’s best known for being a cop or a robber. And aside from the master’s performance, let’s give props to Chris O’Donnell. It’s never easy to play the straight man and he provides an earnest counterbalance to Pacino’s mania.




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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