Susan Granger’s “Gravity” Is So Light It Might Float Away
By Marcus Julianus, Associate Critic
When evaluating “Gravity,” Susan Granger’s review of the film by the same name, one phrase really says it all: “far-fetched authenticity.” It is a phrase Granger uses late in the review, and it speaks to the lack of care that went into it.
“Far-fetched authenticity,” is, of course, an oxymoron. Something can be far-fetched or it can be authentic, but it cannot be both at the same time. It’s like saying “convincingly unbelievable” or “excitingly dull.” “Gravity” is certainly not excitingly dull. It is just dull.
The review is only 341 words long, so Granger did not have much room to make her case in the first place. That being said, she could have done better than comparing the film to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is just about the most obvious analogy that could have possibly been made (and has been made, in fact, by countless other reviewers).
Granger gets some mileage out of her discussion of Sandra Bullock’s performance, for which she seems to have authentic enthusiasm that is not at all far-fetched. Other than that, the review is split between plot recap and unbridled enthusiasm. That would be fine if there were a little more analysis to support the enthusiasm, but without that analysis it’s mostly just a jumble of superlatives.
“Gravity” is not the worst review of the titular film you’re likely to find, but it’s just not substantial enough to be worthwhile. Readers are better off looking elsewhere if they desire even a modicum of insight.