"Gravity", starring Sandra Bullock and sort of George Clooney (you'll see what I mean) has a lot of hype going for it. Critically at festivals around the U.S. it's received rave reviews, and incredibly positive feedback from early audience screenings. To say the bar was set pretty high for me going into the theater is an understatement. Guess what? It shattered that bar. It tells the story of Dr. Ryan Stone, who is stranded in space after her shuttle, is destroyed. The only other survivor is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, played by Clooney. He's commanding his last mission before retirement and tries to help both of them find a way home after the ship is destroyed.
I loved "Gravity." Alfonso Cuarón has set a new standard for cinema worldwide, and I don't have enough time to say the amount of good things I feel about this movie. I'll start with Bullock. She's always been a fun actress to me, comfortable. Here she really pushes herself as an actress. While I respected Michael Oher's true story of redemption in "The Blind Side", I really don't think that was an academy-award winning performance by Sandra Bullock. She was good, but there wasn't an emotional depth to the character. Here, it's all her. Clooney sticks around for a little while and is predictably terrific, but this is Dr. Stone's story all the way.
In fact, it's "Cast Away" in space, without Wilson and without clichés. I HATE CAST AWAY. Moving on, "Gravity" is going to win best picture of the year. It's October, and when you re-read this in February you can judge my prediction. However, I have never been more confident this early in the fall season, where most Oscar contenders are typically released. The visuals? The best ever to be seen on the silver screen. I mean you actually feel like you are floating in space. The tension, the score, the editing are all top-notch. It's only one of the best 3D experiences I've ever had at the movies. My only criticism is that the movie could have been longer. At one-hour, 33 minutes, I was left wanting more. But as I'm writing this, I realize that's probably the point and the definition of brilliant filmmaking. Full price recommendation all the way.
I'll be completely honest, when I first saw previews for this movie, I thought to myself, "Ughhhhh, boring. Been there, done that." To me, it looked like just another movie similar to Castaway or Life of Pi-- featuring a lead character that's completely stranded. However, this movie was truly incredible. Although there is somewhat of a similar premise, this movie takes it to a completely new level. I think being set in space, with debris flying around and knowing there is no way you will see another human, really breathes new life into this somewhat overused story line.
Another thing that I especially loved about this movie is that it was not spoiled by the previews. So often movie previews spoil every single funny, touching, scary or intense moment in a movie. That was not the case with Gravity. Every preview I've seen only showed moments within the first 10 to 15 minutes of the movie. Everything that happened after those initial moments was a complete and total surprise to me, which I loved.
Finally, if you plan to see this movie- watch it in 3D. The way it's filmed, with debris and object flying towards the camera, I don't think it will have the same effect in 2D. The last movie I saw in 3D was Avitar, so I was a little hesitant about how great of quality it would be. However, it was really wonderful and added something extra to the movie.