Sunday, October 27, 2013

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravity is the most technically brilliant film of the year. It is a spare, intense story about adversity, hope, and the terror of space -- both the unforgiving space beyond the planet's atmosphere, and the emotional distance that damaged humans put between themselves and others. Director Alfonso CuarĂ³n has crafted another masterpiece, ably assisted by Emmanuel Lubezki's cinematography, Steven Price's music, and Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's performances.

I recommend watching Gravity in 3D. It is so beautiful. Moments of camaraderie, fear, destruction, and serenity are perfectly constructed. One scene in particular made me think, "Michael Bay, eat your heart out!" Nothing I've seen so far compares to the achievements made by this film in visual and sound effects. The script also does a great job of balancing harrowing scenes with lighthearted one-liners, some of which are only funny because of the sheer enormity of what immediately preceded their utterance.

This movie relies on atmosphere, so our viewing experience was slightly soured by the annoying couple behind us. The girl kept kicking my seat, and the guy would go off on long explanations about what was happening on screen. Fragrant Husband had to turn around a couple of times to hiss at them, "Do you mind?"

ANYWAY. Gravity is a stunning testament to cinematic skill. Highly recommended.