(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)
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
SW SCORE: 37
3.7 out of 5 🐙
The rules for a musical biopic: The artist starts out a nobody. The artist discovers unexpected talent. The artist becomes famous. The artist is torn down by fame and its excesses and/or its demands. The artist goes and licks wounds. The artist comes back. All is well. Coal Miner’s Daughter follows these beats to the letter. That’s not a knock. A redemption story is always good for the soul. Sissy Spacek is a 10 acting-wise but I had to give the cast AS A WHOLE an 8. I just wanted y’all to know I wasn’t dissing her. Tommy Lee Jones does well. Don’t get me wrong. But the most remarkable thing about him is that he had red hair in the film. And even at age 32, he still looked 50. He must have had some wild times in his 20s.
(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)