Honestly, I don’t know what I can say about Gravity that hasn’t already. From James Cameron to Buzz Aldrin- all have heaped praise on Gravity, and for good reason. This is a spectacular film.
I’ve been looking forward to this film for a couple of years now. The only thing that has given me reservations has been casting Hollywood types like Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Well, silly me, because you need George Clooney in this film just to relieve the tension. For that matter, he’s not in it very much. As for Sandra Bullock, believe me, you forget you’re watching a major actress while watching this film. You see, it isn’t about the actors, but about everything else you see on screen.
Another reviewer likened watching this film to what it must have been like to see 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen. I would go even further back into film history and liken it to the first time cinema goers watched Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon. It is that impressive. I understand how they did much of what they did in Gravity. The CGI and the wire work. Yet it isn’t one of those movies that you watch and think “Oh that was CGI. Oh, that was obviously miniatures.” You’re too involved in Gravity to think about this stuff.
At this point, I will add that going to see it in 3D is essential. It isn’t the gimmicky type of 3D that looks good when something is hurtling at you but otherwise looks hokey. This is a seamless 3D used to give you the sensation that you were really out there in space as well. I came away from this film feeling exhausted and a little on edge. As though I had just come off a boat and was back on solid ground again. This was also the first time I can remember watching a movie and actually gasping aloud at something.
After reading all this, you’re probably thinking Gravity is all about spectacle, which is not true. The science is decent, if occasionally flawed. Yes, the plot is a little thin, but on the other hand it can be argued that the plot utilizes archetypes which require multiple viewing to be understood. The acting is well done. The camera work, with Alfonso Cuaron’s signature tracking shots, is incredible.
So to sum up: Go see Gravity. Now. Today. In 3D. You won’t regret it.