Last weekend I finally got some time to go to the movies with my hubby. He’d been asking to see Gravity since it came out. However, since I’d been suffering from a really bad cough, I was reluctant to go to the movies. Since my cough has finally seemed to go away, I thought, let’s go to the movies.
Before going I had no idea what to expect from Gravity, since I hadn’t even seen a trailer. All I knew is that it starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and it was about space.
The synopsis on IMDB describes the film as the story of Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
The synopsis is pretty dead on, that’s basically the story, and I do mean the story. There is no real introduction, we start in space just seeing the astronauts doing their thing, talking back and forth with mission control. About 10 minutes or so into the film is when disaster strikes.
The action and mayhem that occur are intense! As the film progresses, it’s one thing after another that leaves the audience on the edge of their seat.
I say all this, but at the same time, I kept feeling like where’s the story. As I said earlier the audience is not really introduced to the situation or characters, other than the setting and the brief conversation between the characters.
The rest of the story is simple the struggle to recover from the disaster and the other setbacks and complications that must be overcome. It some ways it’s almost documentary as we simply watch the characters react, and in some cases, there isn’t even much dialog.
Despite the feeling like your waiting for the story to start, you can’t help but be drawn in and rooting for the characters.
What really sells this movie is the cinematography! The film is beautiful and awe-inspiring. The space setting is very believable. The filming of the weightlessness is nicely done. Transitions between scenes are so smooth and flawless.
Seeing Gravity in 3D is a must. The beautiful cinematography and flawless special effects in 3D really make you feel like you’re there. In fact, I found myself dodging and weaving with the characters as they moved around. I would have loved to have seen the movie in IMAX for an, even more, feeling of being there.
Though the movie isn’t correct in how it portrays certain aspects of space, though that’s a minor issue. After all Hollywood needs to add some embellishments to make it a bit more interesting.
Overall, I think that with this movie you’ll either love it or hate it. For me, I loved it and want to see it again. I think its stunning and beautiful visually. The story isn’t bad, and you really feel like your there.
Again if you do see it you need to see it in 3D!