Howards End (1992) (mini-review++)

emma.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 5

effects 8

editing 5

writing 5

SW SCORE: 30

3 out of 5 🐙

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Sometimes you think a movie will disappoint you. I’ve been starting up a lot of best picture nominees lately that I was sure I was going to hate. And I’m happy to say that most of the time I’ve been totally wrong and I ended up loving them. I thought I would hate Howards End. But hate requires some kind of energetic awfulness in a film. This movie was a meandering, disjointed series of milquetoast scenes with only a couple dramatic moments. Emma Thompson deserved better. Anthony Hopkins deserved better. Helena Bonham Carter deserved better. I’m sure all three would say I’m a phillistine and an asshole and that’s cool. Different strokes, 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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