Gravity Film Review

From filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, the much-hyped new film “Gravity makes its way to theaters on October 4th. The strong acting duo of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney increase interest in the film. Blair Stover reviews the movie to see if it lives up to the hype, though be warned there are spoilers beyond this point!

Alfonso Cuarón & Sandra Bullock

Alfonso Cuarón & Sandra Bullock (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, is an engineer with a no-nonsense style. She is embarking on her very first mission to space. This mission pairs her up with Matt Kowalksi, played by George Clooney, who is a veteran astronaut taking his last space mission.

As the two venture outside the shuttle for a spacewalk, their space shuttle is unexpectedly destroyed by space debris. They are the only two who survive. Stone becomes thrown from the shuttle untethered until Kowalski is able to navigate to her with his jetpack. After they reunite, they are faced with the challenges of reaching the International Space Station, hoping it will still be functioning and enable them to get back to Earth safely.

“Gravity” marks Cuaron’s first return to directing since “Children of Men” in 2006. Not only is Cuaron the movie’s director, he also co-wrote the movie with his son, Jonas Cuaron. In addition, he co-edited and co-produced the film. In true Cuaron style, the film is poignant and beautiful in tone.

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s distinctive style also plays a big role in this movie. This movie reaffirms why he is one of the cinematographers most sought-after in the flim business. Alternate views in “Gravity” come from the vast openness of space to the claustrophobically small view from inside Stone’s helmet.

The movie is intense but definitely worth seeing on the big screen. If you’ve seen it, what do you think?

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