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Mick LaSalle’s “‘Gravity’ Review” Is Clingy With Profundity

In response to Mick LaSalle’s 749‑word review of Gravity on San Francisco Chronicle

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Mick LaSalle’s “‘Gravity’ review: powerful images—and drama” is a very insightful review filled with language that induces double effects: unfortunately, over, over, over, and over again. The double effects are virtually inseparable from the powerful images‘s message and meaning.

LaSalle writes with a poetically entertaining flair that tells a story of Gravity perception. Readers will be continually struck by the LaSalle’s beautiful language and double entendres. The immersion is so complete that they may be shocked to find that LaSalle continues to employ the same techniques throughout, which serves up a plate of verbal tedium about mid-way into the review.

Much more than a matter of execution: it’s also one of limited imagination. Such limitations are more than tiring. They impart tiredness. Because the audience often requires vivid examples and explanations, LaSalle does a fine job with plot summary and character description, but by the end, he summons more adjectives than analysis.

That everything that reads and everything that has ever read should hang suspended to encounter specific Gravity movie scenes without ever seeing the movie, is an empty realization so daunting that it could turn a non-reader into a reader and a reader into a non-reader. Like Lasalle’s Gravity review, such language circles are less than inspiring and profound only when used sparingly.    

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