The Elephant Man (1981) (mini-review++)

elephant-man-2.jpg(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)

acting 10

directing 9

effects 10

editing 8

writing 8


4.5 out of 5 🐙


I am NOT a fan of David Lynch’s work. Blue Velvet is the only one I can tolerate. That’s before I saw The Elephant Man. It does not feel like any other Lynch film I have seen. I have to begrudgingly shout that I now love a film by David Lynch. This really complicates my simplistic narrative, Sure, the thematic elements aren’t nuanced: beauty is not skin deep; beautiful people are often ugly inside. But the subtle photography and heart-wrenching story make it a master class in how to handle age-old but commonly known truths. John Hurt’s eyes alone deserve awards. It’s a singular performance. Anthony Hopkins is quiet strength and aplomb but even his stellar performance pales compared to Hurt’s opus. The story is bittersweet. But the kind characters outshine the horrible hordes. That’s remarkable. And it might be the least impressive thing about this movie.







(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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