Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Review Written By: Michael Dalton (Prime Minister)
Gravity is an absolutely stunning film and a true cinematic experience. Whether you're a film fan or not, you owe it to yourself to watch this on the biggest screen you can find. The making of this film spanned four years and new technologies were invented to ensure that Cuarón could realize his vision. All filmmakers and fans of film will look at Cuarón’s work with this film in awe and admiration, as evidenced by the tweet below from one of my favourite filmmakers, Darren Aronofsky. This is truly groundbreaking stuff, which will revolutionize the way in which space movies are made. Watching Gravity, I felt how people must have felt when they saw Stanley Kubrick’s, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
As well as its technical triumphs, Gravity packs a hefty emotional punch and is a thrilling, inspirational survival story. In one scene in this film Sandra Bullock is better than she was in all of The Blind Side (The film for which she won an Oscar) It is a surprisingly touching scene that is made so due to the believability of Bullock and the beauty of floating tears. Throughout Bullock has to carry the film in incredibly difficult circumstances, making it perhaps the most challenging performance of the year. It is a role that was demanding not just on a psychological level but also a psychical one and is in my eyes the finest performance of her career. George Clooney is solid in the scenes he has, however this is very much Bullock’s show when it comes to the acting.
The film is essentially a thriller and at times has the feel of classic Steven Spielberg, an outer space Jaws if you will. The editing by Cuarón and Mark Sanger is expert, disorientating you at the right moments but throughout always giving you a sense of place and keeping the film moving along at a great pace. The music by Steven Price is a big reason why this film works and particularly in the final moments, helps emphasize the film's thrills. Big praise must also go to the sound department who abide by the silence of space and use sound sparingly and effectively.
Gravity is a film that stunned, moved and thrilled me. Watching the film I got so tense and involved in the action I started to sweat and felt as if the headphones around my neck were starting to suffocate me. As the perfect final images played and the film cut to credits, I got chills and said to myself, ‘Wow’
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