The Big Chill (1983) (mini-review++)

big-chill-watching-recommendation-videoSixteenByNineJumbo1600-v6.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 7

directing 6

effects 6

editing 6

writing 7

SW SCORE: 32

3 out of 5 🐙

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I don’t think this film has aged well. And it wasn’t a joyous cacophony when it was fresh. I mean, it’s in the title, people. The Big CHILL. A bunch of people getting together reminiscing about when they were young and invincible while at the funeral of one of their contemporaries is a dismal walk down memory lane. I finish with this exchange in High Fidelity (which sums up my feelings):

Barry:
Okay, whatever. Tell Laura I Love Her. That would bring the house down – Laura’s Mom could sing it. You know what I’d want? One Step Beyond by Madness. And, uh, You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

Dick:
No. Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

Barry:
Oh God. You’re right!

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(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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