Film / The LadiesGravity, An Action Movie With Nothing Ejaculatory, Everything Umbilical
by Jen Graves
on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM
After seeing Gravity on Sunday, all I could think about was umbilical cords. I Googled "gravity movie umbilical cords" and this has already been written.
I was not expecting much from Gravity. I went in without a single warm feeling for Sandra Bullock or outer space. I came out completely converted. Probably, I admit, this is because at almost every single other movie I watch, I have to check my gender loyalty at the door—especially action movies. Thanks for writing directly about gender loyalty and camera angles this weekend, Manohla: "The truth is, if I were hung up about every predatory director or every degrading image of a woman, I couldn’t be a film critic. So I watch, loving movies that don’t necessarily love or even like women."
Is Gravity the least macho action movie ever to become a Hollywood hit? It certainly felt astonishing to me. A female lead holding the screen alone for almost the entire time? Not one shot fired? Have I entered outer space?