An Education (2009) (mini-review++)

aneducation-mv-3(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 8

directing 8

effects 8

editing 8

writing 9

SW SCORE: 41

4.5 out of 5 🐙

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A wonderful surprise for me. I expected a depressing story of some poor young woman fooled and exploited by an unscrupulous older man. While it is that, it is full of laughs and light moments. Certainly, there are devastating bits where newcomer (at the time) Carey Mulligan shows off her acting virtuosity. But Hornby writes a script that is filled with joyful moments. And this is a much more accurate tone because, for the majority of this film, it is an absolute fantasy for Jenny (Mulligan) as she is taken for an enchanting but absolutely twisted fairy tale ride by David Goldman (played with predatory suaveness and faux-earnestness by Peter Saarsgard; an impressive dichotomy). As the title states, this is an education for young Jenny. And she is lucky to escape it.

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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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