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From Jeff Michael

Gravity: Left Up In The Air

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I'm no movie critic but I don't get all the gushing over Gravity. I paid my $17 this weekend (must have been the reclining seats that cost so much) for the 3D showing of Alfonso Cuarón's pre-determined blockbuster and was as excited as the rest of the audience as the film opened.  And what a great opening shot it was— an homage, I'm guessing, to Kubrick's 2001 a Space Odyssey. But I could only be flung through weightlessness amid bullet-like space debris for so long without a plot to go along with it. 

Clooney was great and Bullock better than I expected but neither's character was truly developed. There was more heavy breathing than dialogue (maybe if Sandra had a volleyball named Wilson). Now, if you go to the movies to ponder the impersonal vacuum of the world that surrounds the human looking for purpose, then you're in the right theater. I enjoy delving into existentialism as much as, probably more than, the next guy but this flick wasn't advertised as "Camus and Sartre Go to Space".  Yet, for me, that's pretty much what it was; a 3D 0-G art flick with big stars.

It will be interesting to see, if other lowbrows like me feel the same way, how well Gravity will sustain the box office next weekend.

Jeff

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