M.poulet, Phi, and myself went to see the new Alfonso Cuarón film Gravity a little while ago and I am just now getting around to blogging about it. Admittedly, my memory might be a bit foggy, but I’ll give you my impressions and hope you’ll comment back about yours if you have seen it. I found that it had some spectacular special effects and some breathtakingly beautiful footage – the fetal spinning of Bullock in the first airlock and the destruction of the two space stations (oops, spoiler – but you KNOW this is gonna happen in the space version of Speed right?) were particularly incredible. Fellow moviegoer m.poulet has a natural aversion to Sandra Bullock in general and despite her acting being decent here (other than the sappy daughter story), she did have some makeup issues and it was hard to believe her as an astronaut. On the other hand, every time I saw George Clooney in the movie, I couldn’t help but think BUZZ LIGHTYEAR every time! (I told that to a friend for whom it nearly ruined the film because he couldn’t get that image out of his head LOL). He was funny and charming and well-cast here. As for the story, it was edgy and exciting and kept us on our toes from beginning to end. The film really never lets up and yet never really errs too far into sentimentality or gratuitous action – there is a feeling of increasing doom throughout (although we KNOW that she will make it in the end) kind of like in Aliens 2 (oh no, it couldn’t get worse! Oops, it just did!). All three of us really enjoyed it in terms of both entertainment and storytelling and found it was a FAR better scifi flick than Star Trek Into Darkness or anything else so far (I haven’t seen Snowpiercer or Ender’s Game yet). And again, the spfx were over the top awesome. I’d give it a solid 4.0/5.0.
So, did you see it and if so, what did you think?
- Review: ‘Gravity’ Is A Game-Changing Masterpiece (forbes.com)
- Screening Room: “Gravity” (fox4kc.com)
- Movie Review: Gravity  (twscritic.com)
- Film Review: Gravity (200wordreviews.wordpress.com)
- Gravity (2013): A review (moeatthemovies.com)