Funny Girl (1968) (mini-review++)

Barbra-Streisand-Funny-Girl-Omar-Sharif-William(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 5

directing 5

effects 5

editing 5

writing 5

SW SCORE: 25

2.5 out of 5 🐙

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If you like musicals, you should probably disregard this review. I, for the most part, hate musicals. I don’t consider singing to be acting. TO BE CLEAR: I think singing is a great skill. I just don’t think it’s acting. There are a few musicals that I like but they are the proverbial exceptions that make the rule. Funny Girl is no exception. The humor seems to consist mostly of Streisand doing a vaudeville patter that worked fantastically in movies like Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles and was pioneered by Groucho Marx but here it just seems like a lame imitation of Groucho Marx. Streisand’s excellent singing cannot elevate the song and dance numbers to any sort of satisfying experience for me. I will give it some credit. The ending is sad and it feels real. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the film.

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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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