While the film certainly earned the wow factor for breathtaking visuals, the one area where I did not see award winning quality was the soundtrack. When it wasn’t lost completely in the moment, it seemed more like extra noise than something that actually enhanced anything musically (even after listening to it separately).
It certainly makes me wonder if it was just the Academy’s latest attempt to screw John Williams out of another win (why not he’s had plenty ignored through about 50 nominations), the latest being a pretty cool set of songs for “The Book Thief.” One amusing tidbit that in some ways broke from the otherwise serious drama of it all was a stolen moment from Wall-E (think fire extinguisher), which in the end kind of helped separate what was at times a bit too depressing. I doubt I will make much effort to see it again and feel satisfied having seen it the one time.
I have yet to see the others nominated for a lot of the major award categories, but this seemed like another carried more by hype than anything else. A last thought I will add however, is that the best thing that could happen to this film is if it stimulates a few minds to look toward the stars and one day inspire them to reach them. You know, insead of being scared crapless by the scenes where our hero faces nothing, but clouds of non headbang worthy death metal. It earns “Gravity” two and three fourths out of five malfunctions.
DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.