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Stuff and nonsense!
on 22 June 2016
Having heard all the hype on its theatrical release, I went to see Gravity (in 3D). Usually I emerge from the cinema buoyed up and inspired, but this time I was disappointed and puzzled. Puzzled as to why this film had got such great reviews (and Oscars, to boot!). Some time later I saw it on special offer on Bluray 3D, so decided to have another look to see if it would maybe grab me 2nd time around (as Prometheus did). However, it simply resurrected and reinforced the reasons i disliked it in the first place.
There are numerous things which got my goat, for example:
1) The dialogue is toe-curlingly bad. The conversations with Mission Control are almost entirely casual chit-chat and wise-cracks, with barely a mention of anything technical or relevant to the mission.
2) Bullock disobeys an order to return to the craft, despite knowing that a huge storm of deadly debris is approaching, because she wants to finish repairing the satellite. Is she a complete idiot?
2) When Clooney is towing Bullock as she is running out of oxygen, he suggests she start singing to relax her. I'm pretty sure singing uses much more oxygen than talking or being silent, so what on earth (sorry, in space!) is he up to?
3) When disaster strikes, one minute both of them are bouncing wildly back and forth on the cables, and next minute George Clooney drifts off in a straight line, despite being yanked in the opposite direction. And he immediately throws in the towel seemingly without a care in the world! Then Bullock, knowing she has run out of oxygen, nevertheless potters about, seemingly in no hurry to return to the craft, despite facing imminent death. It just doesn't make sense.
4) I was hoping that the 3D wow factor would elevate this film (as it did for me with Prometheus's stunning effects), but the third dimension was not particularly strong or well implemented, so it failed to impress.
5) Finally, and this is a little bit nit-picking I know, but why is the film called Gravity when it is set in near zero-G? Is it because Zero G is already a novel and they couldn't get the rights to the name?
I will be selling this disc or donating to charity, and looking for my SF 3D kicks elsewhere!