Not many films completely take me by surprise and seriously hit me in the face with how amazing they are. Gravity was one such film. It stands as one of the most marvellous achievements in technical filmmaking and was absolutely spectacular from start to finish.
One must realize that this film may appear boring – after all, most of the film is just Sandra Bullock trying to get to Earth, and without the heroism factor, some might feel this film is pointless and uninteresting. However, when you look at the sheer technical and visual achievement, those opinions are pretty much unfounded – this isn’t an acting film. This is a film that you fully immerse yourself in and follow the journey of the character. You feel what she feels – the fear, the danger and ultimately the relief – and for that, I must say this was a magnificent film.
Alfonso Cuaron has finally broken into the big-time, and what a film to do it with. This man is well on his way to becoming the first Hispanic filmmaker to win Best Director, and deservedly so. This film was a crowning achievement for the man, and unlike Ang Lee, who won last year for directing a very similar type of project, Cuaron had full control over this film, and it is clear throughout that while Life of Pi was more dependant on the effects, Gravity is the way it is because of the perfect combination of directing, editing and visual effects – all three work together in perfect harmony to create a phenomenal film.
Of course I cannot finish this review without talking about Sandra Bullock. Her performance was subtle, engaging and crafted together with such impeccable skill – this performance was light years better than her Best Actress winning performance in The Blind Side. George Clooney was brief but wonderful in his role as the cocky veteran astronaut, and Ed Harris was so wonderfully used as the Mission Control voice (hearkening back to the masterpiece Apollo 11)
Gravity is a wonderful film. It could have very easily been a 200-minute snorefest like similar films, but instead it clocked in at a curt but admirable 91 minutes. This was a great film, a remarkable technical achievement and genuine entertainment. Every SFX-driven film from now on has this amazing film to inspire it – and they certainly have their work cut out for them
I am worried to say this, because I gave this title to Before Midnight initially, but…best film of 2013.