Sandra Bullock “blindsides” us with yet another Academy Award worthy performance in, Alfonso Cuaron’s, Gravity.
To say I was apprehensive – due to the hype surrounding this film – on my way to the theater, is an understatement. Too many times have I been burned by a hyped up movie that just didn’t deliver (Iron Man 3, comes to mind), and I admittedly had my guard up – even joking about revoking movie reviewing privileges from Rolling Stone Magazine.. So you can imagine how delighted I was to find out I was wrong.
Gravity was phenomenal. Should you stop reading our review at this point and go see it in IMAX 3D, I wouldn’t fault you in the least bit.
For those who want to know more, follow along.
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children Of Men, Harry Potter: Prisoner Of Azkaban) “Gravity” shows an entirely new angle of space, and the dangers it poses to all that dare to venture into the darkness. Alfonso was exceptional in his ability to create stunning visuals that make you feel minuscule and strikes you with a feeling of being all alone, even in a crowded theater, and his camera work is subtly genius. For example, a seemingly normal shot of Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) gazing at our Earth through the lens of her helmet – the camera zooms in on her and seamlessly transitions into her helmet and turns into a first person view, which immediately transplants you further into her situation, as if you weren’t already wishing you had taken a Xanax before the show.
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (Matt Kowalski) Gravity also features another treat for astronaut movie lovers, Ed Harris reprises his role as Mission Control in Houston, you probably wouldn’t notice it is him – but the second you hear his voice over the air waves, it gives you a deeper feeling of continuity because he was so perfect in Apollo 13.
Gravity somehow blends very intense and suspenseful situations with absolutely beautiful visuals and powerful performances by both leading stars. How can George Clooney not be fantastic? Now he’s in space? Sign me up. His role is so pivotal to the movie that, thinking it over, there isn’t another person who could have pulled it off the same way. Working with Sandra Bullock seemed almost natural, not like a casting agent just threw two big names together and hoped for the best. George and Sandra compliment each other perfectly, with Clooney essentially being Danny Ocean with a jet pack, and America’s Sweetheart being the panicky Ms. Congeniality (that isn’t fair, because those are not very good movies, but she has the feel of a fish out of water, which is important) that we all know and love.
Now, before I get to the negatives… When “The Blind Side” came out I wasn’t too thrilled, and I didn’t think Sandra Bullock deserved to win it at all. I know, but it just wasn’t my bag. That being said, I genuinely think Sandra Bullock will be nominated for an Oscar again, and I hope she wins it. Maybe I didn’t agree with what people saw in The Blind Side, but in Gravity she made me a believer and Alfonso Cuarón laid the perfect framework for such a powerful performance to take place.
Admittedly, I can’t think of any negatives. Gravity really does live up to its hype, it’s a refreshing idea, decidedly simple and has some preachy undertones that some viewers might not even pick up, which normally isn’t my thing – somehow Gravity blends the terror, the message, the cast and the vast emptiness of space together in such a way that I can’t help but want to see it again.
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