Gravity Movie Review - This Is The Film Of The Year
In 'Gravity', his first movie in 7 years, Alfonso Cuaron may just have the best movie of 2013. That's a bold statement, of course, but i'm sure I won't be the only one to leave the theater and say something along those lines. As usual, I was worried that the hype was going to surpass end product, but after the first 10 minutes of Cuaron's ambitious project, I knew this was not going to be the case.
Cuaron, with help from the excellent Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is able to take you from blissful tranquility to white knuckles in a matter of a few seconds, a feat his movie repeats countless times throughout its 90 minutes. At least he eases you in though. The first 15 minutes or so, serve to acclimatize the audience to the beautiful emptiness that is Earth orbit, while Clooney charms like only Clooney knows how, everything generally seems just swell. But you know what's coming. After all, you've seen the trailers featuring the dizzying terror and destruction that occurs after the debris storm hits, heck, it's the main reason you're going to watch it.
With this review being spoiler free, I won't discuss plot lines any further. Instead, I will tell you that there are two stars in this movie. Sandra Bullock and the visual effects, with George Clooney excelling in a supporting role. So thoughtful was the production of Gravity that it secured lofty praise from legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin who remarked in his guest review in Hollywood Reporter, "I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity". It doesn't get everything right, sometimes the physics is a bit off, as some with the requisite knowledge have duly pointed out, but this is still the best space movie ever made, which is a point James Cameron was only too eager to make after he witnessed Gravity for the first time.
Mark my words, Gravity is going to get Oscar nominations, or at least it deserves to. Sandra Bullock deserves one of those nominations for her portrayal of someone genuinely at odds with the beauty and terror of space. Alfonso Cuaron deserves a nomination too, not just because he had the balls to make a film like this, but because the end product was perfectly executed.
Gravity is hands down the most intense experience I have ever had in a movie theater...dates with high school crushes included. For full disclosure, I experienced it in IMAX 3D and I highly recommend you do the same. Gravity is going to be a great film no matter how you watch it, but watching it in 3D really took it to the next level. In fact, Gravity is the first film I have ever watched that really did 3D any justice.