Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring, but on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
Gravity is a stunning piece of cinema, it’s thrilling, tense and poignant in equal measure, from the epic opening shot to the blissfully euphoric cut to the credits, this is what going to the cinema is all about. You will think they actually went into space to film this and how director Alfonso Cuarón pulled it off without doing so is a feat onto itself.
I went in expecting to be blown away by the spectacle of it all but what I didn’t expect was the emotional roller coaster that it brought me on, it’s a movie about survival and what it means to take control of one’s life against all odds. There are subtle symbolic references throughout which signify differing religious beliefs and ultimately the rebirth of oneself which will leaving you thinking about it well after the film has ended.
This is a film which will surely be on everyone’s shortlist come awards season, not only for its breath-taking visuals which are second to none, but for director Alfonso Cuarón, who has made some truly great films but makes them on his own terms. A true auteur of cinema, I can’t see anyone else going away with the best director gongs other than him. Sandra Bullock is a revelation who goes on a journey of discovery and is the anchor for the audience throughout and we’re there every step of the way. She will surely be nominated along with Cuarón come awards season too, George Clooney is the only disappoint here, that’s not to say he does anything bad it just seems like he’s playing George Clooney in space rather than playing an astronaut. Bullock and Clooney are the only actors on screen for the streamlined 91 minute running time but you do hear Ed Harris’ voice as mission control which is a subtle reference to Apollo 13.
Technically this film has no equal as the visual effects are just stunning and 3D is the best since Avatar, you will want to see this on the biggest screen and with the best audio presentation imaginable. Speaking of audio, the sound design and music are boomingly great, because there’s no sound in space the filmmakers have made the sound like vibrations that the astronauts are feeling rather than the actual sound, the musical score complements it with an unorthodox sound-scape which is sweepingly arresting from newcomer Steven Price.
As you can kind of tell I really liked this film and I think you will too, if you only see one movie this year then make it this one, you will not be disappointed. It’s got everything you need for a great cinema experience, movie stars, spectacle and emotion, it will pick you up and take you for the greatest thrill ride you’ll have sitting in a cinema, a must see.
‘Gravity’ is out in cinemas tomorrow.
Summary: This is a stunning piece of cinema, see it on the biggest screen possible and in 3D, you will not be disappointed!!!