In every movie, 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, a rating of the main hero in the movie, and a rating of the other characters in the film.
In our ratings of 2013 movies, we only rated the movie and the hero in the movie.
And in 2019 we’ve decided to look at the messages that movies are sending and how successfully that message is delivered.
Our evaluation of the movie is based on criteria that you might expect: How entertaining was the movie? 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 on a 1 Reel to 5 Reels scale. The more Reels, the better the movie.
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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 that we review, we rate the primary hero on a 1 Hero to 5 Heroes scale.
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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’re rating 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”.