G R A V I T Y : FILM CRITIQUE

It’s hard to believe that a movie with only two characters and virtually no location change could be one of the top movies to come out of 2013. Yet Alfonso Cuarón’s newest film Gravity has managed to do just that.

I initially went into Gravity skeptically. Yes the trailer did look cool and all but what on Earth (no pun intended) was the plot? What was going to happen? My friends convinced me to see it, but I insisted to them that I wanted to see it in 3D if we went. I was positive this was the type of movie to see in 3D. While it didn’t do anything too dramatic with the extra dimension (most movies don’t anymore), it was still absolutely worth it.

I am a huge Sandra Bullock fan and as per usual, I was extremely impressed with her performance. She’s incredibly believable as Dr. Ryan Stone and it’s hard to imagine any other actress in that role. I read somewhere that Robert Downey Jr. was considered for Bullock’s male counterpart, but I’m really glad that they decided to go with George Clooney. I would have never pictured the two acting together but they blended extremely well and balanced each other out.

What sells the movie is the cinematography. Emmanuel Lubezki helped create a realistic atmosphere that catapulted the audience into the movie. Rather than an idea of space, the audience is introduced to the real atmosphere of space. One of the most breathtaking scenes was the rising of the sun over Earth, causing the characters and the audience to stare in awe. It’s hard to believe that almost everything in the film was CG (computer generated) as it looked so realistic.

A beauty of the film also lay in the music and sound of it. I was lucky enough to be seated with a great audience; no one made a peep throughout the whole film. At times, there was only silence, no sound at all. It was almost unnerving to experience. Here on Earth, we are used to the constant sound of people and life going on around us. Even when no one is talking in a classroom, there is the buzz of the lights and the rustle of paper. In space though, there is no sound. Watching the explosions and scenes happen with no sound was mind-blowing and strange. I think this accuracy of space is one of the winning decisions that were made. While there are some inaccuracies, they don’t detract or really even add to the story line. But this concept of silence, accompanied only by the radio and Bullock’s character’s own narration, is something entirely different than what people expect.

I absolutely recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see it. If you’re afraid of space or any of that, then maybe the movie isn’t for you. But if you want to see a dramatic, sci-fi thriller, then I give this movie two thumbs up. It’s a beautifully crafted adventure that takes you out of this world and into the one of the most unknown frontiers that we’re still exploring today.

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Kathryn Buckingham

Graphic designer in Washington D.C., occasionally will update my blog with an assortment of photography, literature and film analysis, as well as some personal thoughts.

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