An Out of This World Experience!
Thanks to Roadshow Films, we had the chance to see Alfonso Cuarón‘s ‘Gravity’ before its national Australian release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) are just about to complete a mission in space, when disaster strikes; their shuttle gets hit by debris from an exploded Russian missile. The two space explorers get flung into the vast emptiness of space, with little chance of survival. Even if they would make it back to their space shuttle, the duo still has to watch out for the orbiting debris that comes back every ninety minutes. Only if they manage to keep their cool and defy all the odds there is a slight chance of making it back to earth alive…
‘Gravity’ is a movie that pushes the boundaries of what cinema was considered capable of. This suspenseful nail biter manages to effectively make the viewer experience space in a way that has never been done before. The physical sensation one feels while watching this ground-breaking cinematic achievement is similar to the thrills of a theme park attraction, so if ever a movie deserved to be described as a riveting rollercoaster ride than this is the one.
The biggest accomplishment of this immersive experience is how it manages to make everything look and feel so terrifyingly real. Not before has a movie with so much CGI looked so convincing. The cinematography is mind-blowing, with the camera twisting and turning through space in the most impossible ways. You float all around the shuttle, you get up close to Kowalski and Stone, and even get inside of their helmets to see earth from their perspective, just to slide out of their suit again back into space – and all in the same scene. Director Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki really have raised the bar here to interstellar heights.
In the midst of all this game changing CGI and virtuoso cinematography, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock manage to give the movie heart and soul.Bullock is the centre point of the film and she probably delivers her strongest performance yet. Many Hollywood actresses must be kicking themselves right now after turning down the role of Ryan; just about every big name was orbiting the role at some point after Angelina Jolie refused the part twice.
Bullock is almost guaranteed to get an Academy Award nomination, and ‘Gravity’ will be one of the big contenders at the 2014 Oscars; aside from a Female Lead Actress nod it is highly likely to secure nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Special FX. And it will stand a serious chance at winning each of them, since critics worldwide are impressed by what they have seen. Fellow filmmakers have lauded Alfonso Cuarón with praise as well: none other than James Cameron himself called this the best space movie he’s ever seen, and if even the King of the World openly admits he’s been outclassed, that says it all.
There are a few tiny flaws with ‘Gravity’, but nothing major; the film just suffers from a luxury problem since the first half hour opening act is so spectacular and sensational, that it is just impossible to maintain this level of suspense for the full duration of the movie.
Since the 3D effects are an essential part of the experience,‘Gravity’ has to be seen in 3D, preferably in Vmax or Xtreme Screen or better yet in IMAX. Only then it can be experienced the way it was intended. You will be in awe, and even better than that, you will be in space!
‘Gravity’ –is now showing in Australian cinemas