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Brian Orndorf’s “Gravity (2013)” Is Intellectual but Slightly Boring

In response to Brian Orndorf’s 804‑word review of Gravity on Blu-ray.com 

http://www.blu-ray.com/Gravity/172902/?show=preview

By Rochus Pomponius, Adjunct Critic

Brian Orndorf has created an impressive piece of work with “Gravity (2013),” however some, not all, will be slightly disappointed by the Ben Stein-like tone.

“Gravity (2013)” opens up big with a sturdy paragraph on all the technical achievements of the film. The writing acumen of Brian Orndorf is magnificent, and the points are clear and direct with the reader.  

The plot summary in “Gravity (2013)”is bolstered by Orndorf’s crisp sentences, however they almost feel robot-like, and some may feel disconnected from the review. The writing is outstanding, but a personal touch from time to time would have gone a long way to grab and keep the audience’s intention.

Orndorf devotes a full paragraph to the directing techniques used by Alfonso Cuaron, and it is magical. Some reviews inexplicably fail to mention the director, and others say little about the style, however “Gravity (2013)” shows respect to everyone involved by successfully breaking down Cuaron’s techniques. It’s a nice example of hitting all the right notes in the right way. It feels neither forced nor obvious. At the risk of sounding repetitious, it’s magical.

“Gravity (2013)” concludes with a superb take on the performance of the leads. Orndorf examines the characteristics of both Clooney and Bullock, and the reader will most certainly find the information thought-provoking and helpful in understanding the film.

Brian Orndorf has delivered another exceptional piece of work in “Gravity (2013)”, and the visuals are top-notch. One can always expect the bar to be set at high level with Orndorf at the helm. With a touch more warmth, he might just cross the line into immortality.    

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Rochus Pomponius joins the Existimatum staff after a celebrated career as a court jester and the personal entertainer of Emperor Trajan. His studies in rhetoric inform his assessments.