As a Sci-Fi geek and a film buff it was inevitable that I would be eventually drawn, or some may even say fall towards a film with one of the fundamental immutable forces of nature in its title--Gravity.
Gravity stars Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and George Clooney (“Syriana”) as astronauts who survive the mid-orbit destruction of a Space Shuttle and attempt to return to Earth. The movie was directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón who was behind 2005's Children of Men, as well as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, took more than $80m (£49.7m) and four years to make.
If I am honest I am not really didn’t want to go see Gravity but my friends peer pressured me into it.
I am not a big fan of Sandra Bullock (I think it was Speed 2 that did it for me) and I was feeling a little beat up after the week earlier sitting through a rather painful two hours watching Ender’s Game (Evil Drill Sargent: “I will never salute you Ender” five minutes later after overcoming some minor obstacle “I love you Ender, let me salute you and kiss your butt”).
Anyway, reluctantly I made my way down to my local IMAX, plopped myself down with my giant popcorn, threw on my 3D glasses and waited for the film to start.
Within a minute I was absolutely blown away. The simplicity of the plot with real only six characters (three of which are only heard over the radio) was nearly perfect. And the cinematography, oh my god the cinematography was literally out of this world.
I don’t want to give away anything, but George Clooney’s rescue scene totally reignited my man crush I got on him and made me want to stand up in the theatre and scream “give that man an Oscar!”
Unless you are a sensitive European cinema enthusiast who only watches black and white, subtitled films with whole organic protagonists as they fight against Evil Communists/Fascistic/ Americans, I would recommend this film to anyone.
I would be very surprised if Gravity doesn’t pick up a couple Oscars nominations. At the very least I am going to say Best Actress nomination for Sandra Bullock, Best Supporting Actor George “I am so freaking Cool” Clooney, and Best Cinematography just to name a few.
In the end I fell for Gravity. Although I am still a little reluctant to say the same for Sandra Bullock, but if she makes another film or two like this, I will have to eat my words.