Talking About Gravity, Or; What Happens When George and Shutterbug Get in a Fight

Good morning! How much do you love that it’s Tuesday already?!? My goodness, long weekends with holiday Mondays are some of my very favourite things.

Gravity movie poster

No disrespect to Issac Newton, but we’re totally talking about George in a spacesuit today.

As you may have already guessed from the title of today’s post, we’re talking about Gravity today. Specifically, the recent Hollywood blockbuster, and not, you know, the force that causes particles to come together on our planet. My Mom’s birthday was last week, and she had asked if our family could see the movie together when we were all home for Thanksgiving. I love George, and Sandra, and Alfonso Cuaron too, so I was all kinds of excited for this one.

And let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It’s not a spoiler to say that this movie looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before on the big screen. Cuaron reteams with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who he worked with on “Children of Men” and who absolutely blows my mind with the way he sees the world. He’s just … I mean … I can’t even. I should be talking about the juxtaposition of the fluidity of movement that comes from being in zero gravity with the sharp, staccato gestures of panic and fear, and the scale of humanity and the way we try to leave our mark on the world versus the vast, unknowable openness of space, but it’s just … I mean… I can’t even. There’s just so much there to see; I think I’d have to go back a couple more times to even come close to absorbing it all.

Shutterbug Sis, on the other hand, was not the least bit impressed. “Lame” was the word that got thrown around the most, I believe. It’s not that she didn’t think George made a good astronaut … she just didn’t think that any of the situations he found himself in were exactly realistic, and she was far too impatient with that to have a conversation with me about cinematography.

George Clooney in Gravity

Hi, George! You look great. Really.

Yes, my friends, after that night we were a family divided; George, with his charming smile and his velvety voice and his crinkly eyes behind his space helmet – George tore us apart. I thought it was so interesting how the two of us could have such different experiences while watching the exact same thing; Shutterbug could have cared less how the shots looked, and I was willing to forgive the laws of physics for dramatic effect, and we just couldn’t meet in the middle about it.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever experienced a work of art (a movie, a book, a song, or anything else) that moved you on an emotional level and did absolutely nothing for the person you experienced it with? What was it? Tell me all about it in the Comments! In the meantime, I’m going to see if I can find something to capture this feeling in time for Wordful Wednesday tomorrow …

love amb

40 thoughts on “Talking About Gravity, Or; What Happens When George and Shutterbug Get in a Fight

  1. I must have hit the jackpot. Welcome back. What a way to divide a family over artistic differences. Gravity is on my must see list.

    My husband and I were initially divided over the BBC’s rendition of “Pride and Prejudice” with Colin Firth. He has changed sides in the interim and it has become our favorite date night movie.

    Good luck with Shutterbug Sis!

    • Guess what, Fannie? Amb hasn’t even seen this version!

      Let’s tease her about it!

      Nya nya nya nyyaaaaaa nya! Amb hasn’t seen the BBC P&P!
      (repeat indefinitely)

      • Sorry about that. It’s just that, when Amb sees that P&P, we’ll have an epic Amb effusion. Just trying to make that day come sooner. It’s merciless teasing, but for a good cause. Or as they say, the end justifies the means.

      • I like the merciless teasing. I assume it’s a sign of love and affection … right? Right?!? πŸ˜‰

        Besides, compared to what I usually hear from Rob, this is nothing. If teasing is a sign of affection, then that boy must love me a lot. πŸ˜‰

      • Well, I just want to add one more Austin book to your cue: Persuasion. It was the last book she wrote before she died. It is my favorite.

        When I read Northanger Abbey (yes, I’ve read it more than once) I feel like I’m reading a teen romance novel set in an innocent but “scary” house. It’s a fun read.

      • Persuasion is fourth or fifth for me, after Mansfield, P&P and Northanger (the top three). Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Persuasion are in the bottom three but I keep changing my mind about which is 4th or 5th.

        But of course, being in the bottom three in Austenland means still fantastically good.

    • The jackpot?! Oh, Fannie, you are too kind. Once you’ve seen Gravity you’ll have to let me know what you think! (And see it in 3D – definitely worth the splurge to see it in 3D)

  2. Nice review!

    So, you’re asking this question to someone who’s transported by Mahler symphonies and 70s fusion?


    Look, almost nobody loves the stuff I do. It’s such a normal state of affairs that I’m stunned when someone does.

      • LOL! Don’t think of it as a lapse; think of it as me keeping things exciting for you. Admit it – you’re looking forward to when I finally watch it and then talk about it on the blog for a week. Anticipation is half the fun! πŸ˜‰

      • Indeed. That’s what I was trying to say above–the ultimate Amb effusion.

        Of course, I’m trying hard to forget that you haven’t read Mansfield Park. Or even Northanger Abbey (with a totally Dave-like male lead in the person of Henry Tilney).


  3. Not as high-brow as the cinematic art etc that you folks are talking about, but I remember enjoying the Wedding Singer (Adam Sandler–uggh) very much, and the other couple we were seeing it with noted that it was a “fun spoof.” I was shocked as I didn’t see it all as a spoof (which it really was, of course), but a telling–though admittedly goofball–movie about the ’80s. Am a sucker for all things ’80s and not everyone appreciates that era :-0

    Interesting, your story. I’ve read that the movie is indeed breathtaking and also that Bullock (you didn’t mention her–jealous that she was trapped in space with George, are you? πŸ˜‰ ) and Clooney found it challenging to make as none of what they did had been done before.

    The birthday girl liked it?

      • To be absolutely honest (and I’m just going from memory) the movie had a good premise and story arch, and the male lead was a pretty compelling character, but Drew Barrymore was el mucho treacly saccharine (though I have nothing against her in general) and the “bad fiance” thing was way overdone. In fact that was kind of what made the movie seem farcical, I suspect, because with the impossibly sweet, sensitive Drew character getting engaged to him in the first place and with her going on starry eyed like that all the way almost to the very end, it makes her unsympathetic and seriously undercuts the believability of the whole thing. It could have been better. Contrast this with her role in “Music and Lyrics” with Hugh Grant–worked a lot better, because the Barrymore character was plausible, convincing.

      • wow–now who’s writing the most excellent movie reviews? If I knew how to pen those brilliant review quotes, I’d write them for your comment, diddy. Everything you said is right on! She’s made a slew of treacle, though also a slew of money so I cast no stones.

        Have you seen the Meet the Fockers series? Also What About Mary? Those were huge–even iconic in the case of Mary–and I just never got it. Didn’t find any of it original or truly funny. Not a Stiller fan overall, though Zoolander rocked. (I seem to remember you being a fan as well, even posting clips here?) Oh, and Dodgeball–love Dodgeball. And Anchorman, though that’s more of a Will Ferrell thing. Wonder why some movies connect with some but not others? Guess that was amb’s original point.

      • Yes! I agree! Loved that review, Diddy. Totally insightful and captured the characters’ dynamics together. Holy bananas, do I have amazing readers, or what?!

        That applies to you too, Liz (naturally – how could it not!) I couldn’t stand any of the Focker films and I usually find Ben Stiller to be hilarious (and very appealing) Perfect example of something wildly popular that just didn’t resonate for me at all.

      • I agree with you guys. I thought Something about Mary was really gratuitously crude, in a way that didn’t add anything. (The best character was probably Matt Dillon.) And the same with the Fockers, though the series did have its moments. A movie in this genre that really worked for me was “You, Me and Dupree” with Dillon, Owen Wilson, and whatserface (who’s the hot babe that’s Goldie Hawn’s daughter?).

    • I loved The Wedding Singer! And I didn’t think it was a spoof either, so much as it was a film that happened to be set in the 80s. Goofball, yes, but that’s part of its charm πŸ™‚

      We disagreed about Sandra too. I thought her performance was wonderful, and Shutterbug’s reaction was, “oh please.” Mom liked the movie too, and Dad did not. The family rift deepens!!

      • I think it’s time to run the masking tape down the center of all the rooms and do the “my side/your side” thing. There is no other way.

      • Fortunately, only your mom and dad are left under the same roof. They’ll have to work it out like the adults they are. Hope the rift has passed by Christmas πŸ˜‰

  4. I’m going to have to watch Gravity now…I wasn’t sure what to make of it from the previews but the reviews have been great.
    I felt this way about Cast Away…but so many people I talked to about it hated the movie…but I loved it. I couldn’t get enough of the concept and being stranded on an island with no one and nothing to comfort you. Plus I just loved the scenery as well. I thought it was absolutely brilliant!
    Did you like Cast Away?

    • Yay! Watch it and tell me what you think!!

      I loved Cast Away too – I would watch Tom Hanks fold laundry. I am SUCH a fan of his! Thank you so much for commenting my lovely, movie discussions are always better with you! xoxoxoxoxo

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