Gravity – Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
First of all, I should make it clear that I saw this film in 2D. Yes, 2D. I have a major gripe with 3D, I don’t get it, I don’t care for it. I want to watch a movie, not pretend I’m inside a movie.
Anyway. I digress.
Gravity is simple story. It follows the events of a space walk gone wrong, after a Russian pushes a big red button and causes one of its own satellites to go boom, leaving a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) who is on his final mission, trapped in space with a younger, inexperienced specialist (Sandra Bullock). The rest of the movie is all about surviving the mission.
It’s a visual effects feast. Giving the illusion that Alfonso Cuaron actually travelled into outer space to shoot this movie. It’s gorgeous and realistic and I didn’t for one seconds try to imagine how it was achieved. I simply watched in awe.
Here all this technical wizardy serves a film fraught with tension and thrills. A stomach wrenching, breathtaking spectacular. The entire film is a multitude of jaw dropping set pieces using CGI which is can only be described as out of this world.
A technical accomplishment that changes the rules and reinvents the sci-fi adventure genre
Clooney’s infamous wit is a welcome relief, bringing a calm empathy to this relentless, series of dire consequences.
Ultimately this is Bullock’s film, a beautifully subtle performance which feels completely genuine as she faces the most perilous of situations, going from desperate and fearful to determined and courageous.
Gravity is an astonishing cinematic experience, a deeply human story of survival, taking the audience on a journey, one where no movie has gone before.