Luke Y. Thompson Ponders Review Insecurities in “Falling for Gravity”
By Rochus Pomponius, Adjunct Critic
Luke Thompson is insecure with his opinions in, “Fanboy Flick Pick: Not Sure I’m Falling for Gravity.”
The gaping black hole of Falling For Gravity is Thompson’s reliance on the opinions of others. The entirety of the review backtracks on the initial observations of Thompson, and has the feel of a frightened puppy slowly backing away from the big bad owner after being hit with a newspaper.
The concept of Falling For Gravity intrigues in the open, despite awkward phrasing, and readers will feel ready for a short commentary on the opinions of colleagues before moving on. However, it never ends, and Luke Y. Thompson refuses to stand by his original thoughts.
Falling For Gravity should maybe be called “Falling For Effects But Missing Everything Else.” The issue on display is Thompson’s inability to connect with the human drama, which is fine, but a good way to support the argument is to provide examples. Instead, the critic questions small details like the intelligence of the Russians and says almost nothing about the performances of the leads.
The irony of Falling For Gravity is the critic’s self-admitted failure to recognize human drama, and then failing to offer a detailed commentary on why he couldn’t connect. The whole experience comes across as one afraid to offer a differing opinion. In the end, Thompson admits that he would like to see the film again, which will make one wonder what the point of the review is to begin with.