Almost every shot is like a work of art perfectly painted and realized. The direction, cinematography and just the sheer beauty that unravels before you on screen is unlike anything anyone has seen in a long long time. People who have seen Cuarón’s work before will be used to his trademark seemingly long, continues shots, (with some help from some very slick editing) though with this film he takes it to a whole other level. The story of the film is pretty simple and straight forward. Something bad happens and our heroine, Sandra Bullock who plays a scientist named Ryan (her dad wanted a boy) is left to try and figure out a way to survive long enough to make it back home. But let’s be honest, what makes this film work isn’t the plot. It’s Cuarón’s skill behind the lens, his attention to detail and his ability to create a scene of sheer panic and horror and put the viewer right in the middle of it all as if it’s happening to them. Sandra Bullock does a superb job carrying this film, more than half of it by herself, and all the early buzz about an oscar nomination isn’t just hype, I believe the woman has a nomination coming her way. This is probably one of the best roles she’s had since her Oscar winning role in the blind side. George Clooney also does a good job in his role, limited as it is, adding a surprising bit of humor for most of his time in the film.
While Bullock is an obvious standout, the real star are the visuals. Ever since Prisoner of Azkaban, which is for my money, the best looking of all the Harry Potter movies, Cuarón’s work has been a standout to me, and it’s clear his mastery behind the lens has gotten leaps and bounds better. I didn’t see the film in 3D, and while many say this movie was made for that experience, I think seeing it in good old fashion 2D will work too. The imagery is breathtaking, from the opening shot of Earth, to the vastness of space that surrounds it, to the harrowing experience of getting tossed out into in a helpless spin I don’t think anyone would want to be a part of (you’ve really got to see it for yourself to understand), Cuarón makes space both beautiful and terrifying. Gravity is a sight to behold, a film that should be seen AND experienced on a big screen. Yeah, it’s one of those films that just won’t hold its grandeur on a small screen. It’s by far one of the best films of the year, and probably one of the best truly science fiction films in years. If you’re a fan of film, filmmaking, or yearn for a time where you can loose yourself in the immersive experience in film, which is rare in today’s movie market, then you need to go out and experience Gravity for yourself.