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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Plummeting to Earth with a Resounding Thud

I finally decided to see what all the buzz was about, so my Reel of the Week is 2013's GRAVITY. Well I've hopped on the bandwagon and am still scratching my head or my brain...& looking for a way to hop off.
With that much Award hoopla, I was expecting much more. The star of GRAVITY is most definitely the cinematography, it was spectacular, but the movie itself was very small. 
Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer who accompanies  Astronaut (George Clooney) into space. While repairing their shuttle, a disaster leaves the pair hopelessly adrift in orbit.
GRAVITY was as formulaic as a movie can get, you know: Everything is fine, then everything is not fine, solution, mini disaster, inner or outer pep talk,then success. I'm not really sure what made it Oscar worthy. Sandra Bullock  was adequate. She did her thing & it was okay. George Clooney  was a clone of a lot of characters he's played over & over. Snarky, emotionally distant but wise & brave. They had the one minority throw away character. It's a running joke among POC(People of Color) that the minority character is there so he or she can be killed off without being missed in the story. Sadly,GRAVITY didn't disappoint on that front. Technically & visually, GRAVITY was a tour-de-force, but I expected more from a film that received so many accolades.
GRAVITY made the list of movies that didn't pass the Bechdel Test 
which has the bare minimum requirements for Women in Film. I have my own test these days called the Are Women of Color Reflected Test: 1.Has to have one or more women of Color who talk to other women or each other. 2.About something besides a man. 3. The woman of Color has a name & a life 4. Is not just a sounding board for the White Woman to lament about her problems. 5. Is not killed off in the first 15 minutes of the film.  6.Is not always a Slave, prostitute, welfare mother, murder victim,Hypersexual or a housekeeper.
It's a dream I have... I'm gonna go watch "ALIEN vs. PREDATOR".

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