(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: 42
4.2 out of 5 🐙
Is this Steven Spielberg’s greatest film? Yes. Do I have anything valuable to add to the mountain of analysis and opinion for it? Not really. I will tell you I was 8-year-old when I saw it (specifically the moment when our favorite alien jumps out for the first time – I cried and almost peed my pants – I’ve never been tough) and it scared and stressed the living crap out of me. And I’m pretty sure kids were a big part of Spielberg’s core audience for this movie. It’s almost like a horror movie for kids. Sure, there are some well known joyous moments but there is so much terror and horrible people and tearful moments – I mean – jeez – did Spielberg not like kids or something? No, I am sure he likes kids.
(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)