MASH

Data
Title: MASH
Year: 1970
Length: 116 minutes
Director: Robert Altman
Writer: Ring Lardner Jr., based on the novel by Richard Hooker
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Roger Bowen
Music: Johnny Mandel (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Kellerman) and Best Editing

My reaction
Synopsis: hijinks in an army hospital
How I saw it: on video, yesterday (rented from Netflix)
Concept: Good.
Story: Indifferent. There isn’t a story.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good.
Music: Good. The one thing that makes this movie significantly better than the TV series: Japanese Rockabilly.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It’s exactly like watching four or five episodes of the TV show back-to-back. Which is fine, but I guess I was expecting a lot more.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).

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