Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
If Alfonso Cuarón intended to make us feel that space is a dangerous and crazy place then he succeeded. The thought of being in blackness—not counting the stellar view of earth, moon, sun or stars—hearing nothing, seeing no one, and knowing that your oxygen is about to run out is the stuff of nightmares.
Gravity is a visual masterpiece that is steered by a great director and acted by two of our best actors (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney).Gravity isn’t a Sci-Fi space opera where spaceships are dogfighting and damsels in distress are struggling from the clutches of reptilian slavers. It is one of those movies that force you to immerse yourself into the situation in order to not only grasp it but to fully enjoy it. Lucky for us the immersion is not difficult as it has outstanding cinematography and wondrous dialogue.
If Alfonso Cuarón intended to make us feel that space is a dangerous and crazy place then he succeeded. The thought of being in blackness—not counting the stellar view of earth, moon, sun or stars—hearing nothing, seeing no one, and knowing that your oxygen is about to run out is the stuff of nightmares. Gravity gives us all of these feelings through the eyes of Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski.
Gravity is intended to be seen larger than life in IMAX 3D; I cannot imagine seeing it any other way. The 3D was top of the line as I found myself startled several times when pieces of satellite debris flew at my face out of nowhere. The sound is mostly silence allowing you the audience member to completely immerse yourself into the situation, and when the camera pans around to show earth from space, well it’s just breathtakingly beautiful.
The cinematography in Gravity will remind you why it is that you love going to the theater… I do hope that when you do, you are as lucky as I was to have a mature enough audience to let you enjoy the silent parts. The silent moments where your whole focus is on the earth will stay with you hours after the film has ended… I can easily say that the moments that stuck with me the most were the chaotic disaster portions, the times when we get to just drift and enjoy the scenery, and Sandra Bullock asleep in the fetal position…
Speaking of our leading actress…
Sandra Bullock Took My Breath Away
There’s something that is so natural and beautiful about Sandra Bullock that many of us cannot put it into words. She always feels real and her attractive element does not come from base, stereotypical places that can be weighed through conventional methods. Many people will tell you that they love Sandra Bullock but if you ask them why, well they may hesitate a bit trying to verbalize it. She obviously takes care of herself and worked out hard for this movie—as the scenes where she’s out of the suit will impress that upon you immediately. She makes you very aware of her presence in every scene, even when she’s being an annoying racist (Crash 2004).
Sandra Bullock has been in many memorable roles and has always done a great job in her various character acting, but as Ryan Stone in Gravity she is more than convincing. We have always seen her worrying—it’s one of her cutest aspects—in various movies, but you will never see her stress like you do in Gravity.
George Clooney as a supporting actor is perfect, he’s macho, funny (a necessary element for this intense film), and confident to a fault. It’s George being his normal, charming self – which seems to be his typecast, but it is a great balance to Bullock’s Ryan. The acting and dialogue was well done, as is to be expected, and the direction kept my attention the whole way through.
Gravity is a one woman show starring Sandra Bullock and man did she ever kill the role. Be sure to see it if you are a fan of dramas and outer space.