I haven’t commented on movies in a longtime. So here are two I recently watched. And if you still have the option of watching Gravity in IMAX 3D, I highly recommend it!
I read on QCOnline where the movie Enders Game holds the weekly number one slot for Box Office dollars. I traveled out to the 53rd St Cinemark on Tuesday and watched the movie. It was good, not great. I suppose it would have been better had I shelled out the extra cash for the IMAX 3D showing. But the previews I had seen did not get me excited enough to come out of penny-wise mode. In fact there has only been one movie to date I have shelled out IMAX damages for and that was Gravity. Gravity didn’t need IMAX or 3D to standout but it was an excellent choice for my decision to splurge. Plus Gravity was more of an adults movie than young adult book based Enders Game. The surprising thing for me was that both movies were entertaining while also musing on death vs. life situations. I am sure other people walked away seeing different morality themes play out. But here are mine.
Gravity was a movie that posed the question how would astronauts handle the situation of being marooned in space following a catastrophic event to the space ship. A possibility every astronaut faces whenever they travel in space. I also really liked the idea, using Ed Harris (who played John Glenn in The Right Stuff) as the voice of mission control. In many ways the movie reminded me of an older movie named Marooned.I liked Gravity better, but then again, Marooned didn’t have the advantage of IMAX 3D or Gravity’s allure of Sandra Bullock spending much of the movie floating in space, barely clothed in her underwear. I’m a guy I quickly noticed that minute difference detail.
And while Enders Game was more adolescent in its approach, I thought it was asking tougher questions. The biggest being – are there any morality limits on retaliation, when facing a doomsday scenario? I guess anyone that knows me personally -while understanding my abhorrence of violence- also understands I would probably come across more like the practical Harrison Ford character than the –> OMG, what have I done Asa Butterfield character. Violence is always a bad choice, but dying from inaction is a worse choice.