In movies and television, there are heroes, villains, and secondary characters who support either the heroes or the villains. Over the years, we’ve rated all these characters, and more. You’ll notice in our movie reviews that we provide three ratings on a 1 to 5 scale: A rating of the movie or series, a rating of the main hero, and a rating of the other characters.
In our ratings of 2013 movies, we only rated the movie and the hero in the movie.
And in 2019 we looked at the messages that movies are sending and how successfully that message is delivered.
Our evaluation of the movie or series is based on criteria that you might expect: How entertaining was the product? How well was it made? How effective was the story? How memorable were the characters? Because this blog is entitled Reel Heroes, we rate the movies (or series) on a 1 Reel to 5 Reels scale. The more Reels, the better the movie or series.
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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 from around the globe. For each movie or series that we review, we rate the primary hero on a 1 Hero to 5 Heroes scale.
Five Heroes = The hero is an extraordinary, riveting and memorable. The hero’s journey is portrayed in exemplary fashion and the actor playing this hero is likely to be nominated for an Oscar or Emmy Award.
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From 2014 to the current year, we’ve been rating various supporting characters or other aspects of the heroic story.
In 2014 we rated the villains in the movies using this black hat icon:
In 2015, we rated the entire supporting cast using this group icon:
In 2016, we rated the hero’s mentor figure using this wizard icon:
In 2019, we rated each film’s message using this ‘message’ icon:
All these ratings are on a 1 to 5 scale, with low number indicating severe weakness in the film, and high numbers indicating “outstanding”.