Heaven Can Wait (1978) (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:

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

acting 8

directing 8

effects 6

editing 6

writing 8


3.6 out of 5 🐙


Most of this movie is a pretty old tale: guy gets 2nd chance at life after a supernatural time intervention. See It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and Groundhog Day for other similar stories. In every one of these, the hero makes amends and it often includes finding true love with a good person. Heaven Can Wait follows these tropes to a tee. Beatty is charming and he shows some heart but I don’t see anything remarkable here…except for the end. When he transitions into his final identity, he doesn’t have his old identity’s memories but he still gravitates towards the new love of his life even though both of them don’t remember each other. On some level, they still connect. It’s almost the exact same romantic sentiment at the end of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Again, it doesn’t really matter that the plot skeleton is similar to others. It matters how it is done. It’s done pretty well here.




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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