Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
What’s it about
No lavish ensemble, rousing back ground music, smart Alec one-liners, or any form of trickery to indulge you , Gravity is the simplest of stories to be told on the big screen. Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) and his space partner Ryan Stone (Bullock) are astronauts trying to salvage a non operating American space station. What seems like just another day for this space hopping duo turns into a life threatening situation when a rogue Russian missile damages a distant satellite sending waves of dangerous debris towards their ongoing mission. It is a matter of survival for these two who face the biggest challenge of returning back to their mother planet.
3D has never felt so real and over powering like it does in Gravity. The panoramic opening shot of the film is utterly jaw dropping. You can’t help but go “oooooh!!”, as you see the blue backdrop of earth with these astronauts going about their work like it’s just another mission! Curaon manages to engage us not just visually but also emotionally as we get closer to Clooney and Bullock, knowing their background stories. Even though what’s happening on screen is mind blowing, there is a deeper track going on with these characters. When the ball starts rolling and disaster strikes their mission for the first time, a real sense of danger settles in. Camera work is absolutely brilliant, that single shot where we make a smooth transition into Bullock’s helmet and see the surrounding from her perspective is breath taking! Despite the technology and machinery used to shoot the film, there is no sense of gimmick or something being forced upon us. The whole exercise is so cohesive and feels natural. Bullock better start rehearsing for that Oscar speech as she gives yet another land mark performance. You feel for her, stay with her and cheer out loud till the very end. Clooney uses his natural charm and effervescence to get us chuckling even in the oddest of scenarios.
It feels unfair for us not to get more screen time with Clooney. There’s no denying the fact that despite being stuck in a space suit for the entire screen time, he manages to win us over with his affable persona.
What to do
Gravity sets a new bench mark in film making. One step ahead of James Cameron’s Avatar, it breaks new ground not just visually but also in terms of storytelling. Watch it in 3D and be mind blown!