Dir. Alfonso Cuarón
IMDb 8.7/10 – Rotten Tomatoes 98%
When an accident causes debris to run crash course with space shuttle Explorer; veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and scientist/rookie astronaut Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) have to work together to survive in outer space.
Well I believe it’s say to safe to say my childhood aspirations of being an astronaut has been revived and crushed all within 90 minutes. Gravity is able to completely absorb you into the film with enthralling visuals. There are moments of breathtaking beauty, dreamlike sensations, and utter chaos all packed into this film. Kowalski and Stone are placed right in the middle of all, and have to deal with conserving oxygen, tumbling wildly without gravity, and finding a place to harbor themselves in order to survive.
George Clooney plays a charismatic veteran to great effect. He is able to keep things in order with his smooth control and voice. Sandra Bullock gives a Oscar worthy performance in my books. She sold me on the fact she’s a rookie astronaut. She was highly intelligent on a technical aspect, but when things become serious, her inexperience seeps through her spacesuit. The contrast between the two definitely helps things remain realistic.
Hats off to Cuarón, his direction on this film is highly engaging. The way the camera seems to be loosely floating when things are calm, with a remarkable view of earth and the stars in the background creates a harmonious atmosphere. The complete opposite when chaos is occurring, the camera is wildly spinning along with Bullock’s her point of view, not only is she oblivious to where she’s located, we are as well as she floats into the dark abyss. The camera spinning never seems to become annoying either. There are great moments of pure suspense in this movie, you can’t predict if the characters are going to survive or not. They are just thrown into these inevitable situations, and it’s paced so well.
There are a few things that bothered me with the film. It is well known that there is no sound in space. Well they did a great job on making sure there was little to no noise when the ship was destroyed. The music within that scene was not as engaging as I would have expected. I felt like I was watching a ship be destroyed and metal colliding on mute. However some of the other scenes did a better job on that part. Another thing; It could have been a truly great movie if it were 5 to 10 mins longer, so it could dive in deeper on the questions and thoughts on the meaning of life. They did a decent job on telling why giving up is the wrong way to handle it, including Bullock’s past which helped motivate her, but overall I felt the movie lacked in that category. I have been trying to avoid drawing comparisons, but when you look at 2001: A Space Odyssey besides the visuals, Hal 9000 is what comes to mind with his curious thoughts, motives, and the mere fact he was a computer system. However Gravity is it’s own movie and glad it didn’t try to be 2001. The way they did things were good enough to keep you well entertained and enjoy the serenity space provided.
Gravity is a film like no other. Future sci-fi filmmakers may look at this movie and say “wow, I like that, I want my movie to look like this.” I had the pleasure of watching it on IMAX 3D and it was worth the extra $6. The best 3D experience I have ever had. Things were just flying out of the screen causing me to blink cause I felt like I was being bombarded with debris, but it never was annoying and the 3D didn’t vanish after the first ten minutes like most movies in 3D. I won’t be surprised if both actors are nominated for an Academy Award. The film should surely win some technical awards.
Give it look, this is a movie you will not want to miss on the big screen. It’s an outstanding and complete movie experience.
Rating: ★★★★½ / ★★★★★
“Beautiful, don’t you think?”