A Bug’s Life (1998) (mini-review++)

02(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 7

effects 8

editing 8

writing 7

SW SCORE: 37

3.7 out of 5 🐙

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The followup smash hit to Pixar’s transformative feature film debut. Most people adored this film and preferred it to that summer’s insect-themed animated feature competitor: Antz. I’m a huge Woody Allen fan and I also was a huge Kevin Spacey fan (the lead and the lead villain in the two films respectively). It’s funny how they are both thoroughly canceled by a large segment of society. I will still see Woody Allen films. I don’t have much interest in supporting Spacey anymore and I can’t really give you a good explanation for those positions. Look, I love a Seven Samurai remake. It’s a tried and true Hollywood tradition but I found it lacked the marvelous creativity of Toy Story and I didn’t feel emotionally invested in the heroes in this joint. It’s a fine movie. But it just did not light a fire in me.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 1 – I’m sure I am forgetting a sad moment or maybe I’m just being too hard-hearted. But this one did not hit my weepies.

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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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