A film lauded with critical appraisal, Gravity promised a lot, especially for a venture carried solely on the performance of Sandra Bullock and a universe of CGI. The film takes the concept of a catastrophe in space and cherishes it, being extremely conservative with what it deems necessary. The result is a genuinely intense and exhausting visual experience, making you content that you’ll never have to experience a spacewalk.
Alfonso Cuarón’s combination of hard science fiction and extremely long panning shots builds a unique, cold atmosphere, reflective of the silent desolation of space. The technical accuracy and lack of hasty transitions give a sense of realism and scale that extenuates the pressure, making the opening line of ‘Life in space is impossible’ seem strikingly factual. However at no point does the film feel compromised in service of the meticulous realism. Both Clooney and Bullock give sublime performances, knowing exactly how to deliver their lines in situations where overacting would seem inevitable. In a similar fashion the 3D is carefully understated, with the greatest compliment being that it didn’t stand out.
The film manages to concisely deliver almost all this information visually, taking a refreshing stand against insulting exposition in which films are compelled to explain everything. It gives the film an air of maturity and respect; mirroring the temperament that allows the astronauts to survive in the uncompromising void of space.
5/5 – Extraordinary
Lack of control and the resulting tension are the backbone of this stunning film, creating a beautiful disaster in contrast to the space ballet of 2001: Space Odyssey. Where the moon landing made a generation reach for the starts, Gravity will make you thankful to be safely on terra firma.