This years Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalski; two astronauts on a space walk to repair a satellite. While on the mission, a Russian anti-satellite test goes awry creating a chain reaction of debris careening towards them and their shuttle. The debris destroys the shuttle and leaves them stranded in space.
Gravity is a story of loss, isolation, sacrifice, and survival. The movie tugs on the heartstrings of the viewer and keeps them on the edge of their seats all the way to the end. It is a worthy edition to a spectacularly underrated director Alfonso Cuarón who brought us Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Cuarón also wrote and produced the film.
Though the acting was well done its one of those movies where casting choices come into question. Both Bullock and Clooney did a good job, but were they the right choices? When a movie chooses well established actors for their roles, the audience comes in with a preconceived notion of who the actors are and what the characters might be. With that it is hard to break away from the idea that the actors are the characters, especially with Clooney. Clooney is a good, if not great, actor. It is less about how well the individual can act and more about personality. Did he have the right personality for the character?
Another aspect of the movie that sits high with the visuals is the atmosphere and mood of it. Cuarón did an amazing job writing and directing a movie with the perfect mixture of subtlety, tension, and intensity. The viewer feels what is going on while watching it. It becomes less of a spectacle and more of something one is participating in.
Gravity is a wonderful film. It creates a satisfying, emotional experience for the audience and shines in all the right places. It is hard to find fault with the movie. It has been lauded and praised by viewers and critics alike; although the accolades may be a bit more than it deserves. It is a great addition to Cuarón's growing filmography and worth seeing on the big screen.