A SHORT NOTE ON THE “SIMPLICITY” OF GRAVITY

October 15, 2013

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A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING THEY FOUND GRAVITY TO BE AN INCREDIBLE VISCERAL EXPERIENCE, BUT THOUGHT THE STORY WAS LACKING. HULK ARGUES THAT LACKING STORY IS ACTUALLY THE POINT, AND THE VERY REASON THE EXPERIENCE WAS SO VISCERAL IN THE FIRST PLACE!

http://badassdigest.com/2013/10/07/a-short-note-on-the-simplicity-of-gravity/

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2 Responses to “A SHORT NOTE ON THE “SIMPLICITY” OF GRAVITY”

  1. I came out of the theater in complete awe. And then I read comments on reviews of the movie where people were saying the story was “horrible” and such. I thought: No, the story was simple, which surely fit the setting and experience of the movie. I immediately thought of your “Age of the Convoluted Blockbuster” essay, and then I thought: I wonder how Film Crit Hulk felt about Gravity’s story. Well, here it is . . .

    Thank you, sir, for always writing great and helpful essays, both for storytellers and audiences.

  2. Panache said

    Finally made it to “Gravity”. Great flick despite its on-the-nose quality. (Not referring to the simplicity or cliché, rather to the insistence on hammering home thematic points. Even the cheap seats don’t need the shot of the frog when Sandy’s peeling off her skin. We don’t need Sandy to assume the fetal position for, seemingly, God-forever. We got it. First couple seconds, we’re there. If you demand so much, Cuarón, then have a little faith when the moment comes. Let it go.)

    Perhaps some of the backlash comes from the fact that several filmmakers and critics champion the movie as the best space film of all time. There are some considerable heavy-hitters in that particular ballpark. As much as I imagine Hulk hates bracketing movies (as do I), it does make one wonder precisely what those filmmakers and critics see when they watch “Odyssey” or “Solaris”. All due respect to the bravura of “Gravity”, it ain’t playing in the same sandbox as the others, let alone batting in the same league.

    To switch metaphors, the intents and accomplishments of “Gravity” are in another key entirely. It’s wildly successful in that key, but it makes the film no less a minuet to the others’ symphonies. This does not degrade the minuet. It simply distinguishes the scale of achievement from the larger, more expansive works.

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