Movies Film Review: GRAVITY written by Justin Bolger October 3, 2013 Synopsis (From the official site):Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. GRAVITY isn’t something to be seen, it’s something to be experienced. In the hands of lesser actors or directors GRAVITY could have easily been A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS set in space. In the capable hands of Alfonso Cuaron (CHILDREN OF MEN), this fairly straightforward story becomes a gripping and emotional tale of survival, both of the body and the soul. In IMAX 3D, GRAVITY is truly a wonder to behold. Its 3D serves the story in a way that, while not necessary, enhances everything about the film and draws you deeper into the journey it takes you on. Unlike the bombastic, gimmicky 3D of other movies, GRAVITY’s 3D exists for a reason. It allows the inherent physics of space travel to exist without needlessly drawing attention to them. This allows the film to overwhelm you in ways both quiet and grandiose. It’s sneakily immersive, and the best use of 3D in a film I’ve ever seen. The imagery is astoundingly beautiful and awe-inspiring. The long, single takes Alfonso Cuaron is well known for are a perfect marriage for this story. They capture the majestic wonder of the cosmos as well as its inherent danger, often in the same shot. Cuaron’s ability to manage these conflicting emotions will leave you with an uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach that serves to further engage you in the events as the unfold. I’ve never appreciated nervousness as much as I did during my viewing. GRAVITY’s performances deserve just as much praise as its direction. In a film set against the vast infinity, they keep you riveted to the story of two people on a seemingly impossible odyssey. George Clooney is a necessarily charming and calming presence as Matt Kowalski. His performance strikes a perfect balance of authority and humanity, assisted by what seems to be his inherent charisma and affability. Whenever he’s on screen, you find yourself appreciative of his character and very glad to see him. Clooney turns in a powerful portrayal that is felt throughout the film. Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of Dr. Ryan Stone is even more powerful due its multifacetedness. She’s given numerous physical and emotional beats to play, and does so convincingly by doing so naturally. So often in films are a character’s driving forces clumsily beaten into the audience until they no longer care about them. In GRAVITY, Stone’s pathos is handled just enough to make you aware of it and inform you of her mental state when the time for big decisions arrives. Bullock deserves so much of the credit for this film, as it’s built upon her constant presence which never wears thin or causes you to tire of her. That’s an amazing testament to her abilities as an actress and to the quality of her performance. It’s an intense investment that lasts for the entire 91 minute running time. In the end, it’s hard for me to say anything about GRAVITY that numerous critics haven’t already said. The film is earning a lot of praise from a lot of people, and it’s all well deserved. I will however add one more thing as a movie fan and not as a critic. Appreciation. GRAVITY succeeds largely because it has an astounding sense of its innate self. The film understands what it is, it understands its purpose. And it doesn’t try to be anything other than that. Its reach doesn’t exceed its grasp and in being exactly what it needs to be it becomes something more. An experience that can mean as much or as little as the viewer wants it to. Its steady pace tells the story that needs to be told and ends it at the most natural point. What a relief it is to see a critical darling of a film that in no way insists upon itself with over dramatics or pretentiousness. I appreciate GRAVITY because it delivered exactly what I expected and yet so much more. It’s a breathtaking beautiful, genuinely affecting, visceral experience that demands to be seen in the theater, with an audience. More than anything though, it’s enjoyably good movie. Rating: 5 out of 5 Film Review: GRAVITY was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Justin Bolger Related Gravity 10 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Justin Bolger previous post REVOLUTION: Season Two Review- “There Will Be Blood” next post Samuel L. Jackson Confirms AVENGERS Casting You may also like Warner Bros. Unleashes Godzilla Upon the World December 10, 2013 Open Forum: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) August 13, 2014 Open Forum: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY –... November 19, 2015 Retro Review: THE ROAD WARRIOR March 28, 2015 Jeff Robinov Exiting Warner Bros. June 20, 2013 SNOWPIERCER Speeds to VOD Today (and the... July 11, 2014 The Pull Of ‘Gravity’ Intensifies With Another... July 25, 2013 Nolan Officially Piloting ‘Interstellar’ March 8, 2013 James Bond: First Image And Video From... February 12, 2015 Paul Walker: 1973-2013 December 1, 2013 Adrian Edmondson I’m seeing this this weekend . About time something good is coming to the cinema 🙂 stock Can’t say I’m interested star wise or plot wise. I’m sure its visually an eyeful, and I thought Children of Men was ok, but Sandra and George for 2.5 of Help! We’re safe! Oh No! Help Me! What’s your wife like? Oh no! Not again! Help Me! ? Nah. But Dude, how can a site like this skip reviewing or even mentioning anything about Riddick, not to mention the animated TDKR 2nd part? You know, the part with the Joker in it. Unless you’re a huge Alfonso fan, I don’t get it. Threadpool I get your points on Riddick and Returns part 2 but you’re about an hour off on the runtime. stock 3 plus? Well, that’s a due I won’t be paying. Thanks. Threadpool It’s an hour and half… stock What!!?? At the risk of another down vote, that seems kind of a rip-off for a 15-18 dollar ticket, doesn’t it? Aw well, hard to please, that’s me. Anyway, I’ve been too consumed with Breaking Bad to notice much else. If he’s written as more than a one dimensional head shaver, Cranston is going to be perfect as Lex Luthor. About fell out in that first season episode where Jesse says just that: “You look like Lex Luthor.” Threadpool Yup. But, I’m going to a showing at 12:45 on Monday. $10.50. IMAX 3D. And at the risk of going even further off topic: I don’t really want Cranston as Luthor. I want this Lex to be closer in age to Superman. Cranston as Commissioner Gordon however… stock He did the voice for Year One. But I like the dynamic of the Hackman/Reeve model. Gives Luthor one more reason to hate Supes, as in, you young punk, Superman. Luck w/ the movie, Mr. Pool. Adrian Edmondson Just got back from seeing Gravity . Pretty good but I don’t see myself watching it again anytime soon . While watching Gravity , I kept wishing that Superman would come save them ala JL: New Frontier . Is that a bad thing ? Bayne Great movie. Top 3 of the year.