William Goss Doesn’t Disappoint With “TIFF Review: ‘Gravity’”
By Eugenius Antonius, Senior Critic
When asked why he preferred Glenfiddich, a certain man reflected then observed, “because this is simply how scotch should taste.” William Goss’s “TIFF Review: ‘Gravity’” is one of those reviews that should be used in the same way—an archetype of well-crafted criticism. Readers will no doubt agree.
In the first act of TIFF Review, Goss asks his audience to consider art if they might, but his invitation is friendly rather than heavy-handed. Virtue and fear here are coefficients, not contradictions in terms. Heavy stuff, but delicately treated throughout the rest of the review.
Instead of giving his audience more than they might want to know, TIFF Review is withholding in the best sense. It establishes a firm context, but focuses more on a thematic analysis than factual recollection. The work shows tremendous respect to its audience.
A deep care for character and a fierce dedication to keeping the ball rolling means that, for its ups and downs, the work never loses sight of that audience. Callbacks to Goss’s earlier works remind readers who they’re dealing with: an author in clear control of his craft.
Some reviews beg for their creator to get out of their way, while others exemplify the importance of the creator’s voice in a work. Goss does, and hopefully will continue. TIFF 2013 is an extremely worthwhile (and at times even profound) reading experience.