(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: 43
4.3 out of 5 🐙
For some reason, I’m just not a big fan of the aesthetic of the 1950s. At least, I wasn’t when I first saw this film. Then Made Men came along and I finally got it. It’s a stunning looking film and a brutal noir-crime cop movie. Sometimes it comes close to taking itself too seriously and approaches comedy. But Curtis Hanson guides the film well and keeps it solid. Kim Bassinger finally got her Oscar for her fine performance but Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce comprised a virtuoso three-headed acting monster. It’s a beautifully assembled film especially if you dig this genre and era.
(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)