The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) (mini-review++)

960full-the-russians-are-coming,-the-russians-are-coming-(1966)-screenshot(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 6

effects 6

editing 6

writing 5

SW SCORE: 30

3 out of 5 🐙

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While Catch-22 the film didn’t come out till 1970, the source novel was released in 1961 and this film is definitely influenced by it. It’s an absurd tale of a Soviet sub that runs aground at a Nantucket-style vacation island. The Russians land to get a boat to push the sub off the sandbar. An amusing game of telephone and ridiculous panic ensues and they try to shove some lessons about the universal bonds of humanity at the end. The whole movie seems to be a set up for the final visual gag. I don’t see how this was nominated for a best picture. This can’t have been the 5th best movie released in 1966. Or maybe it’s merit is just flying over my head. Beats me.

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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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