Film Review: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity” (2013)

Biggest Spectacle of the Decade!

Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is a film about two people who are working for NASA who after a Russian missile hits a satellite resultantly firing debris in their direction are left stranded floating in space. The first thing I must point out about the film is that it’s absolutely beautiful. The years of work that’ve gone into it are evident and have certainly paid off with what is an extraordinary visual achievement.

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Whilst watching the film which sees its characters spend a whole lot of time spinning and floating around, you’re left with no sense of direction, there’s no right way up. This almost gives you the feeling you’re out in space floating around too. The film surprisingly has a B-movie feel, due to its running time of only 90 minutes, despite the fact that it’s a big statement piece of cinema. This works for me; I don’t deem it too short, so it can still be taken seriously without the 2-3 hours I expected an epic like this to be.

Gravity is the best example of a film which makes the viewer feel a part of the action, this is why it’s one of the only films that I believe just NEEDS to be seen in 3D. It’s a film made to be seen on the biggest scale – the biggest possible screen for the best experience and to really appreciate the film for what it is. It’s aesthetic is at the forefront of the picture, and story is secondary. It’s meant to look impressive. The plot itself is a very simple idea – two people stranded, floating in space, and thankfully they didn’t overcomplicate that, it’s great for what it is, an all enthralling visionary experience. The story is basic and the dialogue can be a little ‘wishy washy’ and at times insignificant – characteristics widely associated again with a B-movie, despite this being a huge Hollywood Blockbuster.

The title ‘Gravity’ is somewhat ironic when all’s considered, I mean Gravity is absent from almost the entirety of the film. Alfonso Cuarón director and co-writer of the feature impressively manages to create awe at the beautiful wide shots of the earth from space and the desolate atmosphere leaving the characters bereft, whilst also in the same scene creating immense tension at the prospect of the central characters future being balanced on a knife edge.

As I watched Gravity I found myself unable to look away from the screen even for a second; I was totally consumed by it – I wasn’t watching a film about space, I was in space. The film has the fantastic ability to have an audience hooked, and keep them there. Not letting them go until the final credits roll. Although there is debate I know, I wouldn’t label this a ‘sci-fi’ film, more a space thriller. It’s not about aliens walking about in tin foil suits one million years in the future; this is contemporary. This is based on something which although the science may not be spot-on accurate, it could be possible, this is why as an audience we find ourselves so absorbed by it; it’s supposed to be real.

Although the film’s two main characters are pretty much the only characters throughout, they still manage to carry such a huge film on their own with great finesse. Something’s got to be said for the spectacle that occurs when Bullock cries in zero gravity and the tears literally float breathtakingly away from her face. Gravity is less a film and more an experience, aided by the glorious visual effects which are central to the film, the audience is completely and utterly engulfed throughout the duration. As you get up to leave after seeing this, you will need to readjust to the stillness of being back on firm ground. The spinning has stopped, you can forget about gripping onto the arms of your seat; you’ve not just seen a film – you’ve returned from an exhilarating adventure. This film is not to be missed, and it’s a must see in 3D for the full experience, so dust off those 3D glasses you’ve only used once, and see for yourself just how truly amazing this film really is. 9 out of 10.

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