Pamela Jahn’s “Gravity” Doesn’t Have Much to Say
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
Pamela Jahn’s “Gravity” is a particularly short jaunt that leaves the reader feeling empty and unsatisfied. A work doesn’t have to be long and scholarly to satisfy every reader, but there’s something particularly lacking in Jahn’s work.
Many writers choose brevity over verbosity, and often to fine effect. The secret to making that approach work is to make sure there is plenty of energy to make up for the depth. Jahn doesn’t inject her Gravity with much energy at all.
The critic provides a cursory glance at the highlights that anyone not living under a rock will already be aware of. The film is visually striking and a technical achievement. The problem is that Jahn has nowhere to go after stating the obvious. If her work had a thesis statement it would simply be “Gravity.”
The work is short, and quite attractive, but it is strangely split up by a long, thin image. It comes at a point where Jahn is transitioning from plot description, to her bottom line take. It’s as if the picture is placed right where the analysis should go. If that is the case, take a moment and really look at the picture. It’s an intriguing one, and perhaps there is much more hidden meaning in it than she’s getting credit for.