(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: 37
3.7 out of 5 🐙
This movie started far too slowly for me. I’m all for atmosphere. I don’t mind a long, deliberate pace. I love movies from the 70s which are known for not being speedy. But as far as I can tell, they spent 45 minutes getting to the moment that propels the story forward. Once that happens, the movie seems to find its footing. Tom Wilkinson is as he always is…sublime. Sissy Spacek is as she always is…nuclear powered sincerity and substance. I definitely did not see the ending coming. It almost felt like it didn’t belong with the beginning: another Hollywood homage to New England small town life. I don’t want to spoil even though this movie is 18 years old because you deserve to be surprised, too.
(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)