Gravity (2013) Review

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MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS

Plot: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

That’s it? Seriously? All that hooplah for 83 minutes? Now don’t get me wrong, Gravity was an effective enough movie but there was so much more they could have down plot wise. Not even plot wise, just some more details on what the fuck is going on.

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The movie starts quite abruptly, beautiful visuals, George and Sandra on what was Sandra’s first spacewalk to service the Hubble Telescope. As some time passes, Sandra’s character is doctoring the Telescope and George’s character is screwing around in the atmosphere, they get a call from Mission Control saying how there was a Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite, causing a chain reaction and flying debris that could pose a huge problem if they don’t get out of there in time. Now, that’s thrilling enough, however I would have appreciated a little build up in plot. What happened to the Hubble Telescope that it needed that type of extensive  servicing? I would have appreciated this movie, which structurally is a gripping and well made movie, much more if it hadn’t started and ended so abruptly. To me, the abrupt ending in which Sandra’s character Ryan Stone makes it home and the screen just cutting to black after she gets to land was the equivalent of a big FUCK YOU to the audience. Now, granted I’m sure Cuaron didn’t mean it that way, but that’s how it felt to me.

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George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s performances were very good, not really sure if she deserved the nomination for Best Actress as there was so much competition this year however she certainly stole the show. Their chemistry was fantastic, with George throwing his typical brand of cheesy lines back and fourth with Sandra, and they both showed a great deal of emotion with their characters. If it weren’t for their genuine chemistry I would have rated this movie much lower than I did.

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Alfonso Cuaron wrote the script to this movie with his Jonas, and on a technical level it was a phenomenal script – well written, a very tense and thrilling story, and as someone whose had a lifelong love of science I really appreciated how scientifically accurate their representation of space was. However, like I said, my main concern with it was how abrupt the beginning and ending were. The movie would’ve benefited greatly with maybe 10 extra minutes at best to give a little bit of a build up at the beginning.

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Cuaron’s direction was so breathtaking in its visual splendor and accurate depiction of space. He created this vast and gorgeous, accurate world so well that it really felt like you were watching real life astronauts handle a dangerous mission. The visuals, and beautiful cinematography was that lifelike. Now, I couldn’t see this movie winning Best Picture, but it definitely well earned and deserved the Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing without a doubt.

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In conclusion, while the abrupt beginning and ending of “Gravity” was a major turnoff for me, George and Sandra’s wonderful chemistry, the sheer visual splendor and scope of the world Alfonso Cuaron created,  the flawless scientific accuracy he presented, and the edge-of-your-seat thrills and suspense  is strong enough for a high recommendation.

My Rating: 9/10

Thanks for Reading!

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