September 18, 2013


from my 100 Popular Movies Marathon, part 1 of 100

Papillon, 1973. A man tries to escape from a French prison colony.

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Written by Dalton Trumbo & Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on a book by Henri Charrière. Starring Steve McQueen & Dustin Hoffman.

Concept: 3/4 (Good)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 0/4 (Terrible)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 2/4 (Indifferent).
Acting: 2/4 (Indifferent). McQueen actually does some great acting in the solitary confinement scenes. And some remarkably bad acting in the island scenes. I felt embarrassed for the movie.
Music: 3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4). Very uneven. Most of it is pretty good, but then large chunks of it, especially toward the end, are terrible.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.1/4 (Okay)

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