Laura and Robin Clifford’s “Gravity” Is Weighed Down by Its Repetition
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
Someone really needs to sit down and talk with Laura and Robin Clifford. The format for their Reeling Reviews is the elephant in the room each time one of their works is read. At nearly 1200 words, readers are going to expect content that justifies the read time. A double dose of plot summary does not fit that bill.
The Reeling Reviews follow a simple format for the most part. Laura gets her say then Robin gets his say. The problem is that they don’t seem to coordinate with each other at all. This isn’t a point-counterpoint debate, its a faux deja-vu inducing waste of time.
If only there could be a shared plot synopsis. Then each critic could take turns sharing their views. As it is, the organization feels like a Pulp Fiction tribute film gone wrong. Not only does one of the segments revisit earlier events, it’s just the same segmented repeated a second time.
It’s a shame too, because the Cliffords aren’t dunces. Laura has a great discussion about the nuances of imagery that is worth checking out, even if it does involve the final scene of the movie painted pretty clearly.
Robin’s half doesn’t really deliver this time around. It’s hard to tell if this is because he has to follow Laura or if it’s because he spends too much time detailing Alfonso Cuaron’s career and being way too obvious about George Clooney’s arc. Either way, until the Clifford’s fix things up, your time is best spent elsewhere.