Rhett Bartlett’s Inchoate “Gravity” Review Says Little, Poorly
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
Rhett Bartlett fails to make a compelling case for his conclusion in his inchoate “GRAVITY review,” and the effect of his take is underwhelming at its very best.
Audiences are treated to a feature that lacks a thesis, offers little support for its conclusion, and then bows out. Its sentence construction, which shirks the subject-predicate arrangement with repeated baselessness, scores it very few style points. The injection of a profound opinion in the middle third of the review is both out of place and unjustified.
Had Bartlett made an attempt to justify it, he could have earned himself a bit more credibility. The review art form, short in credibility as it is anyway, has none to offer him in this instance.
The problem is not that GRAVITY review is completely without opinion. Its brief 227 words are dripping with opinion. Without any solid framework against which to offer audiences such bits of rhetoric, the opinions clatter to the ground hollowly.
What’s left over is a very passionate individual with a great love for the history of cinema whose latest work does little to establish his validity as a purveyor of the review form. Missing the forest for the trees, GRAVITY review is pleased to opine without offering a backdrop against which such contentious notions can be taken seriously.