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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Gravitas, 10 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Gravity [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Forest Gump, Titanic, Les Miserables, Avatar. These films and many more are manufactured in a way that they become media savvy, critically hyped and crowd pleasingly manipulative. However, its all subjective i hear you cry..of course it is and i am not about to crucify Gravity but i am here to say 'lets all just calm down a little bit'.
It is not churlish to begin with the fact Gravity is stunning on a visceral level. The 3D isn't added to Gravity for the sake of squeezing a few more pennies from the paying customer; it is arguably intrinsic to the success of Gravity as a film. Without 3D, Gravity would simply be deficient. This is one of its strong points as is it's inescapably intense camera work and cinematography. Quite simply breath taking, one of the highlights being a quieter moment of reflection with Bullock looking down at earth and gazing at a cloud formation while establishing to her comrades on earth(if they can hear her) the situation at the time.
Taken at face value and keeping in tune with the concept, on the surface Gravity is a four starrer, and apparently for many a masterpiece but dig a little deeper and you start seeing the flaws..some of which are unforgivable.
There were at least three parts of the film that grated on me;
The unnecessary quips about Clooneys looks seemed out of place and an excuse to inject some light relief from all the panic.
The dream sequence was quite laughable really. If you are going to deviate down that path then less of the forced humour and less of the self eulogising before hand.
The end of the movie went one contrivance too far.
The score was interesting in places evoking the likes of Moon and Blade Runner and again at times rallied the film to epic heights but it was let down with some obvious choir sections and a cliched climax.
Bullock is fantastic especially as she has to deal with corny dialogue at times her best moments saved for near the end(Woof Woof scene will either make you laugh or cry..oh and theres a baby crying, how very convenient...Hankies please!)
There is a minority that will crush this film with its heavy symbolism and lack of depth and phoned in performances. There will be a majority that will feel emotive about the grief stricken Space woman trying desperately to get back to Earth. I am not really in either camp. Like space itself..its beautiful to look at, mysterious and hypnotic but ultimately a vacuous void of nothingness.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2013 11:15:17 GMT
I don't agree. I watched Gravity without the 3D and the huge screen more than made up for the experience. As for light relief in tense films, this has been done since the early days of Hitchcock. It's just part of the rules of making a good film.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 10:24:07 GMT
L J Thomson says:
"vacuous void of nothingness" - yes, "let's all just calm down a little bit". This film is an absolute masterpiece and probably the best space fiction film since "2001". It does have something to say and is far from the empty experience you obviously believe it to be. You do have to think about it but because it is so visually impressive and immersive, deep thought is probably best reserved for when the house lights go up.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 16:13:15 GMT
just wasnt feeling it dude. sorry. its a good film at best. its issues are melodramatic and primitive. which is fine but its no masterpiece in my eyes. it works best as a generic thriller in all honesty.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 17:00:38 GMT
LJ Thompson, you were THAT close to insulting AJ Richards, just because he doesn't have the same views on you about the film, how pathetic. I liked Gravity, can't call it a masterpiece though, too many reasons for that, which I am more than happy to go through with you, on request.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 17:12:38 GMT
L J Thomson says:
I never insulted anyone so that gives you, Col. Decker, the right to insult me, does it? Please keep your "reasons" to yourself. I don't want to hear them. AJ Richards has already responded to me with fair comment. He obviously didn't feel insulted and why should he? I guess he has enough intellect to understand when differences don't mean insults! Calling me "pathetic" though does put you over the line.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013 10:49:37 GMT
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