Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Written by: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris
Every once in awhile a movie comes along that reminds you to believe in possibility. 3D film was developed so that visionary filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón could make movies like Gravity. Quite simply, it is a groundbreaking, jaw-dropping experience of visual beauty and vicarious terror that leaves you breathless.
What I liked: This is not the transcendent wonder of Kubrick’s 2001. This is a physical and visual encounter with cinema. For the record, I love 3D movies but not for the sake of it. I enjoy new ideas being translated through a relatively new facet of technology. Gravity left me feeling as though I knew what it would be like in space and that is no small feat. Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have given us a visual story that previously was beyond my imaginative scope. Just brilliant.
What I didn’t like: As with most ground breaking films, what Cuarón was trying to accomplish cinematically overshadowed character and dialogue. This is a rare exception where it’s okay with me. The movie is not about Bullocks’ back story. The movie is entirely in the moment and succeeds as such. Bullock and Clooney are commendable and convincing but their familiar faces within this magical moment of experiencing something new in film, for me, was almost distracting – or a disappointing reminder that it was just a movie.
My rating: Truly magical.