A visual spectacle and an emotional masterpiece, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity takes off as one great 3D movie a film enthusiast will definitely love. Only a handful of movies gave me real goosebumps while watching them: Titanic, Avatar, Inception, Avengers and Life of Pi are some of these. I’d like to add to this list this space drama film.
Gravity is about space mission specialist Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and her struggles to survive after a mishap involving a Russian satellite destroyed her crew’s space shuttle called Explorer. Distressed and panic-stricken while tumbling in outer space, she was accompanied and guided by team commander and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) towards a plan to salvage their lives. But their plan to salvation won’t be easy, as communication from mission control on Earth was lost, dangers inside damaged space shuttle loom and threats of high-speed debris till lurk their every action.
It’s an understatement when I say that watching this movie is a great 3D experience. It’s a joy to float with the characters in space and their space shuttles and yet it’s a tragedy to tumble with them unto the unknown. You would be able to grasp that idea of emotion they must be reeling to feel while enduring the idea of being really there in the outer space. Every single move they do with their body, every single twitch of their eye, every word their mouths articulate, you will feel. All of these things are present in the film without lacking in visual aesthetics. The space setting was so real you’ll feel you’re there all those times. The space shuttles, the debris, the stars and the Earth all felt real. Add to that the sometimes subtle, sometimes roaring musical score and you’ll definitely know you’re in a great ride. Because of these and more, the film went beyond spectacular. Gravity seemed like a character study in a display of technically perfect showing. Kudos to all the visual effects people, the sound masters and the meticulously great director of the film, Alfonso Cuaron.
Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little. But I’m not exaggerating when I say that I felt how heavy the film is. Its theme about life, of living and learning to let go might sound like a cliché when heard, but when the heart is the one listening, it will certainly cut deep and touch your heart. It doesn’t matter if you carry something heavy in your heart while watching. What matters is that the film is capable of doing just that: touching what’s needed to be touched.
Sandra Bullock displayed a tour-de-force acting in the film. Her character’s weak and soft side would make the audience either worried or irritated (I felt both at different times). But when she’s began to come to her senses, you’ll certainly see her drive to do what she has to do. George Clooney was very good as the cool and ingenious space mission commander. However, we know that he’s always really good when portraying these kinds of characters. I wish to see him portray opposites of these roles.
The story might be very simple but it’s got great lessons for everyone. We all go through changes. We all go through sorrows. We all experience alarms and unpleasant surprises. We all sometimes just want to tune out everyone and just be with ourselves and ourselves alone. In the end, you will know that you’re still there with yourself, all changes or not. In the end, you will know that you can’t forever wallow in sorrow. In the end, you will learn to survive any astonishing thing that comes your way. Because in the end, if you have the will to live, you will always make it through.
Here’s hoping for more great 3D movies like Gravity. The price people have to pay for these movies in IMAX are definitely worth it.
Gravity’s movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 5 out of 5