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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Report Card----"Gravity"

"Gravity" is a glorified amusement park ride.
It didn't do much for me.
I saw it on my 60-inch HD screen.
Some people that I know told me that to really appreciate it, you have to see it in IMAX.
I can think of very few movies that wouldn't be better in IMAX.
But they sent me a regular DVD, so that's how I'm judging it.
It takes two very well-known actors and put them in spacesuits and space helmets, has them hurled into outer space, and expects you to care about them purely on that basis.
Not me, Charlie.

On to the scoring: 

Is it interesting?

Just barely.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?

I really don't think so.

Is it good storytelling?

This is where it really fails.
The movie starts with Clooney and Bullock already suited up, already in space.
It required scenes between them before they left the ground, to establish a relationship of some kind.
Antagonistic, affectionate, SOMETHING.
But no.  We're already in space when the movie begins.

Is it well written?

It didn't even seem written.

Is it well cast? Well played?  Well shot?

How do you not like Clooney?  How do you like or believe Bullock?
It was supposed to be a technical achievement.
I guess it was.

Is it too long? Too short?

Pretty long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It was all too technical for me., and I couldn't care less about Bullock.  It was really her movie anyway.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

You pretty much know where it's headed.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not at all.

Is it funny?

It tries occasionally, but no.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

It is to laugh.

Is it impressive ?

Technically, yes.

Overall grade: C.

That this was nominated for Best Picture and others were not, is criminal.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."