Oliver! (1968) (mini-review++)

olie(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 6* 

directing 6

effects 6

editing 5

writing 7


3 out of 5 🐙


*singing isn’t acting. I don’t care if believing that makes me a dick.

Some observations:

-I’ve never read Dickens’ source novel. I mostly hate musicals. I could never make it through Charles Dickens’s novels. That’s not a criticism. My squirrel brain just can’t deal with that level of detail. It’s no secret he was incentivized to write longer works but obviously, they are still literary masterpieces. Or so I’ve been told.

-The musical adaptation takes a decidedly chipper and happy tone for such a dismal story. I don’t know if the novel is like that but the tone is jolly and my dark heart couldn’t help smile a few times.

-It shows the cultural impact of the musical because even I recognized most of the songs.

-And even I, the great musical hater, will begrudgingly acknowledge that it must have taken a lot of skill to coordinate those dance numbers. Each one had a huge number of participants. I mean, I still didn’t really enjoy those numbers but I can see who musical fans would enjoy them.

-I did like the ending (spoilers coming): some of the bad guys don’t see the light and decide to keep being thieves, Oliver ends up with a good family, and the world’s ugliest dog (who was simultaneously super cute) ended up saving the day, and there is that brutal moment when the evilest character kills the kind Nancy and actually shows a bit of humanity.

-So overall, for a musical, I almost liked it. And for me, that’s HIGH praise.







(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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