Our Rating System
We love heroes and we love movies. Therefore, for each movie we provide two ratings: A rating of the movie on a 1 to 5 scale, and a rating of the main hero in the movie on a 1 to 5 scale.
Our evaluation of the movie is based on the usual criteria: How entertaining was the movie? How good was the story? How memorable were the characters? Etc, etc. Because this blog is entitled Reel Heroes, we rate the movies on a 1 Reel to 5 Reels scale. The more Reels, the better the movie.
One Reel = The movie is atrociously bad and a total embarrassment. Don’t see it no matter what.
Two Reels = The movie is pretty bad. You may want to see it after it leaves the theaters if you like the actor(s) or the movie genre.
Three Reels = The movie is average, maybe even somewhat enjoyable. Flip a coin to determine whether you want to pay $$ to see it in the theater.
Four Reels = The movie is good. It’s worth the price of admission to see it on the Big Screen.
Five Reels = The movie is excellent. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest theater to see it.
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Our evaluation of the hero is based on our expertise on heroes and hero journeys. Both of us are experienced teachers and authors of hero stories, and our analyses are based on Joseph Campbell’s groundbreaking book on the mythic structure of hero tales around the globe. For each movie that we review, we rate the primary hero on a 1 Hero to 5 Heroes scale.
One Hero = The main hero is a disaster as a character. The hero’s journey in the movie is ineptly delineated and doesn’t fit the classic pattern at all.
Two Heroes = The main hero is a poorly developed character. There are some elements of the hero journey present but they aren’t portrayed well at all.
Three Heroes = The main hero is a fairly average hero. Elements of the hero journey are there, and have their moments, but overall the hero isn’t particularly noteworthy.
Four Heroes = The hero is well-crafted and inspiring. We see the hero’s journey in full form and we are moved by it.
Five Heroes = The hero is an extraordinarily riveting and memorable character. The hero’s journey is portrayed in exemplary fashion and the actor playing this hero is likely to be nominated for an Oscar.