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Tim Martain’s “Amazing Grace in Space” Is Heartfelt and Awkward

In response to Tim Martain’s 827‑word review of Gravity on The Mercury

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Tim Martain delivers a sincere, personal, but ultimately bumbling performance in “Amazing Grace in Space.” Martain includes all the requisite elements of a Gravity review, from the obligatory 2001: A Space Odyssey reference right down to the final mandate for his readers to see the film in 3-D.

Many critics are insistent on pointing out the flaws of the film while maintaining the premise that every single member of their audience should immediately see the film without hesitation. This creates a certain impotence in the experience of reading those critics. Martain takes the other route, unabashed and constant praise. While it does lend a certain smoothness to the work, it’s hard to call it preferable.

Perhaps Gravity is just one of those uncrackable movies, nearly impossible for critics to get quite right. Martain though, doesn’t even come close. His writing shifts perspective too many times. He writes himself in, shifting from general observations to descriptions of his personal behavior, and then back to a fly on the wall, and then back again. Just when you think Martain is gone, he’s back again.

It might not be so obviously awkward if the presentation of the review wasn’t so choppy and distracting. It’s almost impossible to forget yourself while reading Martain’s work because the abrupt and jarring paragraph breaks keep jolting you back to reality. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.    

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