Jason Gorber’s “TIFF 2013 Review: GRAVITY” Makes It Personal
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
With all the film reviews that are available out there to read, there are remarkably few that offer the one thing that separates the good reviews from the great ones: the personal touch. So often, reviewers just go through the motions of reviewing a movie without really interjecting a piece of themselves into the proceedings. In short, they use the protective shield of film criticism to mask their own vulnerability. Not so with Jason Gorber, whose “TIFF 2013: Review: GRAVITY, An Experience Like No Other,” conveys a breathless sense of wonder about its subject and uses personal experience to really bring it home.
During the course of the review, Gorber relates Gravity to his experiences as a scuba diver, drawing the audience into his own personal bubble to use his life experiences as a way to paint a picture of the experience of watching the film. The ploy works tremendously, and the result is that Review: GRAVITY becomes more than just a review, it becomes a story, lush with visuals, feelings, and motivations. The review is not without flaw. For instance, there is some misuse of the word “literally.” But that is easily forgiven.
The beauty of a review like Review: GRAVITY is that it works as its own self-contained piece of art, separate from the film it is reviewing. At the same time, it still fully functions within the context of its intended goal: to inform the reader. With Review: GRAVITY, Gorber has truly created a masterpiece.