Early Critics Rave About Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'
Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming Sci-Fi movie 'Gravity' had its first screening this week at the Venice film festival, and if the critics are to believe, the film's release date of October 4th is one to put firmly in the diary. Yes, while critics got a look at the highly-anticipated space thriller, we normal folk will have to wait until the fall to see what promises to be a unique and highly tense story. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, Gravity's only on screen actors, were the center of attention at the Venice film festival, but it would seem that in the film itself, they are forced to play second fiddle to Gravity's non-stop suspense and stunning visuals.
For those who don't already know, Gravity follows the events before and after a disastrous space-walk on the International Space Station, whereby two astronauts, one highly experienced and the other a total rookie, are sent hurtling into space with seemingly no hope of being rescued. The premise is tense enough, but when you see the trailers with all their visual marvels, it's not hard to see the potential this film had. But just what do the critics think?
Todd Wood - Hollywood Reporter
"At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise."
Mark Adams - Screen Daily
"The film is littered with spectacular visual moments as Alfonso Cuaron (working from a script written by himself and son Jonas) mixes almost balletic spiraling scenes as spacecraft are torn apart and mere humans in delicate spacesuits are thrown into the void with moments of quite beauty as they the two intrepid astronauts relish the beautiful vistas and deadly beauty they find themselves amongst."
Guy Lodge - Hit Fix
"Effortlessly sympathetic and resolute even when cocooned to the point of invisibility in a spacesuit, Sandra Bullock puts her impressively restrained performance to the fore just when the film needs her to, without straying from the character's slightly dour vulnerability or succumbing to focus-pulling bravado; it's a role that at once requires a movie star, and requires her not to be one."
So if you were concerned that two people floating through the emptiness of space would not be enough to keep you entertained, it would seem as though Alfonso Cuaron has done enough to put your mind at ease. We knew from the early footage that there would be some beautiful visuals, but what we didn't know would be just how much there would be. If we're to believe the hype coming from the critics, we can probably assume that these backdrops will play a starring role throughout the entire movie.