Gravity (2013)

October 14, 2013 By Mike B
Movie Review

Gravity Film Review

What Worked?

Isolation is fear, and it will test your will to live down to the very bone. It’s been seven years since Alfonso Cuaron’s amazing Sci-Fi film Children of Men, but he’s finally back with another film, this time in the endless beauty and isolation of outer space with Gravity. This film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, playing astronauts dealing with an unforeseen tragedy on their space mission, leading them to be stranded among the stars and darkness of space.

If anything is comprehensively true about this film, it’s that the film is a visual masterpiece. You feel like you’re in outer space, from the tranquil darkness and endless stars, to the beauty of the breathing glow of mother Earth. It is the closest you’ll get to outer space in theaters. From the POV shots, to clean special effects, and the pondering shots of space, this film is visually amazing. The cinematography of the film is better than the script, but that doesn’t mean the script isn’t worth mentioning. The script is simple, as is the execution, but it truly gets to the core of a nightmare, finding the power of human will that sparks to life. Cuaron’s screenplay is definitely brought to life with the help of the captivating performances.

George Clooney plays Matt Kowalski, a veteran astronaut with a million stories to tell that’s amazingly focused under pressure. He’s seen it all, and he knows the plan before he even plans it. Clooney is very likable, and a very admirable adventurer that gushes with a love for space. Although Clooney is fantastic in his role, the film truly belongs to Sandra Bullock, playing a medical engineer named Ryan Stone. Bullock shows a humility and desperate courage in her rebirth in space from a scared woman to one that wills herself to try and survive. A notable shot of Stone floating with her suit off, with an a umbilical-looking cord in the background is a perfect image to project her rebirth. Together, Stone and Kowalski have to survive the infinite, and make it back home.

Gravity truly turns your seat into a space shuttle, and takes you to the endless stars and darkness of outer space. The film will sweep you off your feet and keep you suspended. It observe the beauty within chaos, and how chaos can strip us down and allow us to reflect on one of things that matters the most: the relationship of life and death.

Potential Drawbacks:

Although this film is a remarkable achievement in cinematography, and contains wonderful acting, it really isn’t anything groundbreaking, story-wise. In addition, even if both Clooney and Bullock are emotionally engaging, at least for most people, it feels as though they are playing themselves. For the time being, the film is moving, but once you walk out of the theater doors, the film doesn’t sit in your mind like great films do.

Film Recommendations:

2001: A Space Odyssey

Children of Men



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