(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)
SW SCORE: 37
3.7 out of 5 🐙
When I saw this, I was a young man, only 19 years old. I am old. The 2nd sentence was redundant, I know. But I remember thinking: ‘Man, that little kid can act!’ I know. Edgy take, right? Not every child actor amounts to anything so I just want to applaud Anna Pacquin for her long and fine career. Back to the movie. So it’s basically a baroque take on Lady Chatterley’s Lover? I mean, that’s a good book and all. And this film is definitely its own story. The bizarre cruelty and double-edged ending spin this affair between Baines (Harvey Keitel) and Ada (Holly Hunter) to a heartbreaking new level. Just don’t go into this looking to get uplifted.
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)