I woke up this morning to Little Rotten Week’s 102 degree fever and the realization that today ends the regular season for baseball. Yup, it’s all bad around here. But at least we have some movies to discuss. That always helps. This week we’re hurtling through space and getting jobbed by online poker.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Well if the trailer, or extended trailer are any indication, someone like me will probably die of asphyxiation while watching this movie, because even in the couple-of-minute teasers there were multiple moments where I completely forgot to breathe. I could almost feel myself tumbling through space with Sandra Bullock, considering the prospect of hurtling off into the great nothingness never to be seen again. And when she wasn’t listening to the rasp of her own breath, glancing around at infinite blackness, and half-heartedly calling for help that would probably never come, there were the moments of missing salvation by fingertips and scrambling for safety in zero gravity. I didn’t have a full blown panic attack, but man it was sure close. And that was just from a couple of clips on YouTube. What happens when I sit down in the theater? Do I expire right there in my seat?
Early reviews suggest that might just happen. Critics are raining down heaps of praise on Gravity, calling it a technical achievement, gripping, inspiring, visually-stunning, tense, awesome and some nobody named James Cameron said this about the film. Sitting at 95% through more than forty reviews, Gravity has the makings of a classic.
There aren’t many films I feel compelled to absolutely see on the big screen. The current state of movies means one is usually safe waiting until it comes into our own souped-up home theaters. But there are exceptions to be made. Gravity appears one of them. Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men-93%, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-91%) appears to have put a new spin on an old setting, giving us a space that isn’t filled with aliens or astronauts stuck in their broken ships, but rather a space that is a true blank wilderness. A space that we wouldn’t look to in awe, but rather in abject hopelessness. A space that we need to see on the twenty-two foot screen or in IMAX so he can set us adrift in that void, forgetting to breathe and dying right there in our theater seats. I can’t wait. The Rotten Watch for Gravity is