(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: 39
3.9 out of 5 🐙
A charming indie comedy that showcases the best performance in a film by Steve Buscemi, one of my favorite actors and the best supporting character actor of this generation. I know he got the lead in Boardwalk Empire and he was great but for me he’s the guy who steals every scene in every movie as the best support any lead could ask for. Thora Birch was unsettling and sometimes charming but I think that was the character so she nailed it. It was the first time I remember seeing Scarlett Johansson and I don’t think she really flexed her acting muscles here but she was oddly creepy and weird and most people don’t have memorable performances that early on so kudos. The dialogue is fresh and witty and the story ends with some magic.
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, 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).