Becket (1964) (mini-review++)

be(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 9

directing 9

effects 7

editing 8

writing 10

SW SCORE: 43

4.3 out of 5 🐙

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with Peter O’Toole AND Richard Burton in it. In fact, I’m not sure I have seen a movie with either of them. Well, probably Peter O’Toole. Regardless of those stupid comments, it was very cool to see them both in their youth. They are both masters and they were already top tier talent at this point in their careers. It reminded me a lot of A Man for All Seasons and the parallels are pretty obvious: corrupt English King, honorable religious figure. King Henry II has some admirable qualities and is played with easy charm by Peter O’Toole but his true nature is made apparent very quickly. Burton plays an understated but magnificent Becket who has to stand up to a friend who loves him. It’s base on a true story so it’s ending is not what most people would want. It’s very cynical but probably much more true to life than most movies. That doesn’t make it any easier to watch.

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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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