I guess it’s time for me to release my Christmas Grinch. I am quite floored by the attention the movie Gravity is receiving as a possible Academy Award winner for 2013.
The problem with this film is that it has no story. Okay, here’s the story: Astronaut struggles for survival in malfunctioning spaceship. That’s it. There’s no character development. Virtually no character interaction. George Clooney appears early in the movie but, other than playing himself--George Clooney--which is all directors seem to require of him nowadays, he adds very little to the film.
Or better yet, check out the vastly under-rated movie, 2010, made way back in 1984 which features an unforgettable sequence of a nauseated John Lithgow floating from one spinning spacecraft to another. Very impressive cinematography even today, and an infinitely better story.
Or, as another alternative, check out Ender’s Game whose portrayal of a weightless environment is just as captivating and much more imaginative plus the movie has real character interaction and an actual story.