The Rose Tattoo (1955) (mini-review++)

The-Rose-Tattoo-09-1(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 8

effects 7

editing 7

writing 8


3.7 out of 5 🐙


This is only the 2nd Tennessee Williams movie adaptation I’ve seen (the first being A Streetcar Named Desire). Interestingly, both of the screenplays were written by Williams (who wrote the original plays). I have no idea how faithful they are to the source material because I have not seen the plays. But I think a movie should stand alone so the source material does not matter much to me. As with ‘Streetcar, this story centers on a psychologically ravaged woman. This time, the “Blanche” is Serafina Delle Rose, a recent widow who cannot accept the rumor that her husband cheated on her. She is a spiraling wreck and a well-adjusted man comes in to save her. Burt Lancaster plays the Marlon Brando role this time. Of course, they are distinct stories. I’m just pointing out the parallels. The dialogue is witty, sharp and has some great gut laughs. The plot doesn’t take a very surprising route but that’s ok. The journey is smart and sound. I’m not generally a fan of theater or movies who feel like plays. But I had a good time with The Rose Tattoo. If it charmed me, and I’m a tough sell for this genre, it could surprise you. The end – I’m about to talk about the end – is surprisingly Disney. Both mother and daughter end up with good men and it appears it will be happily ever after. I was surprised to see that happy ending from the same playwright who brought us Blanche DuBois’ sad fate.







(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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