The Cove

Title: The Cove
Year: 2009
Length: 92 minutes
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Writer: Mark Monroe
Starring: Richard O’Barry
Music: J. Ralph (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

My reaction
Synopsis: documentary about an attempt led by the dolphin trainer from Flipper to gather evidence of Japanese dolphin killing
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Bad. Oh, mass murder of dolphins… That sounds fun.
Story: Good.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good. It’s kind of sad that hidden spy cameras are getting better shots than you see in most big budget films.
Special effects/design: Good.
Acting: n/a
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay). It’s put together very effectively. It’s emotionally wrenching, and the storytelling is compelling. That said, they’re not ultimately trying to make art with this film; they’re trying to horrify you – to horrify you for a good reason, sure, but still. It’s kind of like that elevator scene in The Shining, only real. I don’t want to see that.
Objective Rating: 2.7/4 (Good).


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