New Criticals

Get a grip, Gravity.

Bob Mondello of NPR asserts in his review that, surely, there will be doctoral dissertations written about the latest film, Gravity (directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuaron), and he is right. But much like his and others’ lauding of the film’s mesmerizing views and technical mastery, he misses the type of critical engagement that a doctoral student would apply if he or she pushed, even for a second, beyond the eye-candy of the tracking shots: a dissertation on Gravity would be sustainable only because of the narrative’s numerous inconsistencies, sexist tropes, and many missed opportunities that offer entry into the ideological mechanics keeping it’s aesthetics in orbit.