Uri wrote:Really? REALLY????
For many years now, for better or worse, I hardly ever go and see a film without having a rather sufficient idea of what the film is, certainly when the film is as heavily buzzed as this one. I've never been as wrong with my pre viewing conceptions as I was this time. For some reason I was under the impression that this was about an astronaut being stranded in space to actually die there (I was truly shocked by the way the film ended), and that the point was that it was some kind of meditation about the way a person deals with its own demise. Ok – although the initials have long been associated with existentialism, I had the vague notion that even after seeing Gravity, SB would still bring “Samuel Beckett” to mind and not “Sandra Bullock”, but I wasn't ready for this level of, well, for lack of a better term, arrogant stupidity. It was just another Armageddon , only this time starring the more spunky, less attractive star of Forces of Nature. Did the people who made this film actually believed that having Bullock posing soberness and un-cutesyness , mechanically throwing in a dead child for supposedly emotional gravitas and having Clooney tiredly recycling all the veteran-cop-on-his-last-day-in-service clichés could camouflage what is basically the video game logic, mentality and structure (it’s all about repetitively getting to the next level until hitting the jackpot) of it? I’m officially, overwhelmingly pissed off with this one.
I love you when you are angry
And like you many people - who go to this movie after those absurdly positive reviews - are getting VERY angry. But then I guess that while some reviewers are just idiots, others aren't necessarily stupid - they are just easily influenceable: this is the movie one MUST like now, the movie which will win Oscars, the movie which could even win Best Picture! They aren't culturally, intellectually prepared to see through the hype, and they desperately want to be part of the winners' circle. So this triumph of emptiness is suddenly considered a masterpiece of 2001-level, rather than the pleasant but absolutely unmemorable rollercoaster ride that it actually is. And I find all this very depressing (Sonic Youth even felt guilty for not "getting" it - as if this were a Godard or a Tarkovski!).
As for the xenophobia, well, of course I got it - but let's face it, it's not the first American movie which suffers from it.