(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)
Kramer vs. Kramer
SW SCORE: 43
4.3 out of 5 🐙
A realistic yet riveting portrayal of a couple going through a divorce. The choice to do opposing bookend scenes to close and finish the movie mirror the story’s choice to paint all the characters as humans; layered with bad and good. Though we all understand the husband (Dustin Hoffman in his greatest straight man role – a man thrust into the unknown who manages to find his footing only to be broadsided again) is no angel, we are clearly guided to let the bulk of our anger flow towards his wife. Because his wife (the incomparable Meryl Streep) abandoned his child and him, she startest as the blackest hat. But much to the chagrin of those hoping for easy answers, this movie shows the humanity in all the combatants. It shows that people are not always their worst moments. They are can surpass their pasts.
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).