Most of us will never go to space. But don’t worry: director Alfonso Cuaron has us covered. He can make us feel like we are in space, even though we are really just sitting in a theater watching a movie.
And what a movie.
Gravity is one of those films which is a true cinematic experience. It is an all encompassing tale of two astronauts stranded in space after the space shuttle is destroyed by debris. Sights and sounds come together in a truly amazing spectacle which left me breathless.
The surround sound is fully utilized, with wisps of radio communications popping in around the the theater and whirs and bangs audible only through the filter of the astronaut’s mics. Meanwhile, the tactile space debris and space vessels provide the settings with amazing shots of our planet in the background.
And talk about intense! If you are worried about this being some sort of claustrophobic experience like 127 Hours or Open Water, fear not. This is a constantly moving film, showcasing every moment of this incredible trauma. Sandra Bullock does a great job showcasing the stress and panic of someone in that situation, which Clooney counteracts her by provide the calm under pressure.
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. I don’t see how this won’t be the film of the year for 2013. Its just that good. I felt like I was there, a feat few films are able to truly pull off. I was stunned and amazed from start to finish. Astonishing.