Scent of a Woman (1992) (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:

Scent of a Woman (1992)

acting 10

directing 8

effects 7

editing 8

writing 8

SW SCORE: 41

4.1 out of 5 šŸ™

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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.

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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 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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