Bruce Bennett’s “GRAVITY” Is Simultaneously Elitist and Amateurish
By Eugenius Antonius, Senior Critic
Bruce Bennett’s “GRAVITY” proceeds without a clear audience in mind. Bennett begins by employing the first person plural to a group of people that is unlikely to include many of his readers. These highbrow pretensions create an invisible barrier behind which Bennett is able to rub shoulders and pat backs with the elite cinephiles, his use of “we” clearly excluding all but the inner circle.
For a work with such elitist overtones, it certainly doesn’t read like a top-tier piece of art. Once Bennett gets into describing the film itself, he attempts to strike a jovial, everyman tone that will feel hollow and false after his alienating introduction.
Without much new to say on the film, Bennett instead focuses on the experience of the film. Once again Bennett resorts to creating classes and separating them, identifying the types of people who, in his estimation, won’t be able to handle the film.
While the usual highlights are mentioned, namely the opening shot and the “game-changing technology,” Bennett’s GRAVITY feels more like first draft than a highlight reel. As he speeds toward his disastrous conclusion, Bennett’s writing becomes more and more dull, lifelessly cramming little bits and pieces into his final paragraphs without expanding on them or justifying their inclusions.
The last two sentences are particularly painful. Bennett’s transformation from high class society to high school newspaper is completed. The unbelievably amateurish attempt to close out his work with style will have readers shaking their heads for days to come.