'Gravity' pulls in good reviews
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 14:10
“It’s going to be one hell of a ride” said Ryan Stone in the new film “Gravity” by Alfonso Cuarón, and that line seems to be appropriate for what is certainly one of this year’s most engrossing films.
Veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and medical expert Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) are members of the Explorer Crew on what seems like a routine mission—as routine as a mission to space can be—and though Stone’s stomach is churning, morale is high and the mission appears to be proceeding as planned.
Kowalski reminisces on his life on Earth, relaying stories that everyone has heard one too many times but don’t mind hearing one more time.
However, the tranquility of the moment is unexpectedly interrupted by news of traveling debris spawned by the Russians blowing up their own satellite. The explosion causes a chain reaction that eventually sends the debris hurtling around the Earth at several thousand miles per hour right for the Explorer.
The collision leaves Kowalski and Stone stranded in space, slowly losing resources with only one mission left: Getting home.
Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonas collaborated for one of this year’s most breathtaking films in “Gravity.”
The first thing to notice about this movie is that roughly 85-90 percent of it is computer-generated, and it is absolutely stunning. From beginning to end, the technical aspects of this movie will “wow” you.
Alfonso Cuarón creates a beautiful, picturesque vision of space on the big screen. I, unfortunately, didn’t have the pleasure of seeing it in IMAX, but I can only imagine the visual achievements stood out even more in that format.
However, what makes this movie so enjoyable is that in no way did the directors and writers rely on the stunning visuals to intrigue the audience members.
The story was simply and succinct, yet powerful and evocative.
Kudos to the casting because Clooney and Bullock embodied these two very distinct very dynamic individuals facing what could be their imminent death.
Clooney’s character is the cool and collected, charming astronaut with a wealth of experience and an unshakable equilibrium.
Bullock portrays a more meek, more unsettled character induced with severe panic and uneasiness throughout the movie, and rightfully so as her character is relatively inexperienced when it comes to space travel.
The film doesn’t drag very often with an intensity that runs throughout and a run time slightly over an hour and a half. Pulled together with great writing, directing, acting, and certainly presenting itself as a visually stunning masterpiece, “Gravity” is sure to win itself some Oscar nods.
4.5 out of 5