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This story is not quite equal to the setting.

Nov 4, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 08 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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It’s a beautiful shot, but it’s really pretentious, and it’s unearned. I came close to giggling, as I did at the very end, when faced with another beautiful shot that is even more pretentious. The thing is, Ryan Stone is on a voyage in which the stakes could literally not be higher. Turning that amazingly visceral journey into some kind of metaphorical “voyage of self-discovery” reduces the grandeur of Gravity to the level of a New Age self-help tract.

So no, Gravity isn’t a great film. But it’s a great something. And that’s not nothing.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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