Children of a Lesser God (1986) (mini-review++)


(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)

The mini-review:

acting 9

directing 9 

effects 9

editing 8

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 🐙


The photo I chose for this blog post really doesn’t reflect the energy of this movie. Marlee Matlin is matchless. She has a charisma that cannot be taught and her expressions and intensity are singular. She goes through every emotion and OWNS every scene. And that is saying something since she was in almost every scene. William Hurt plays an excellent counterbalance to her magic energy. They conduct an amazing dance with other that fuels the movie. The supporting actors don’t get a lot of time to shine but they make the most of it. The strangest part of this experience for me is that for the past 20 years or so (ever since the movie came into my consciousness) is that I thought this was an adaptation of a romantic and depressing Milan Kundera novel. I’ve only read one Kundera novel and that’s how I remember it. I was wrong.



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). 

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