Gravity: noun. 1. In Physics, the natural force of attraction exerted by a celestial body, such as Earth, upon objects at or near its surface. 2. Grave consequence, seriousness or importance. 3. Solemnity or dignity of manner. This film, all three.
When I was in the Media Arts program at USC, my major cohort and I had two categories for motion pictures, movies and films. Movies are roller coaster rides, like “Star Wars.” Films are in-depth works of art, like “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “Gravity” is a film-movie, easily the best thing I have seen all year, even for several years. It is true science-fiction. Fiction only because it is not true, but the science is as real as it can get in the telling of a fictional story.
I will not discuss the plot. There is so little that I would wish to spoil for anyone. I will only say that it is very well conceived and written. It is, at once, a compelling, personal story as well as a grand overview of real world space exploration. It will take your breath away, and make you pant, and tear and feel good. All strings are plucked appropriately.
When I saw the previews, the casting choices of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney for a real science fiction film seemed odd. The reality is that they were absolutely perfect. Ms. Bullock will never again be “Miss. Congeniality.” Those days are over. This film moves her to a new place and will mark the rest of her career, and rightfully so. Mr. Clooney is natural and connects in an amazing way. They say that when the art is done perfectly, you do not see it. You do not see any acting in this film.
The direction is flawless. The editing is seamless. The visual effects are breathtaking. The musical score and sound editing are a director’s dreams.
There is not one thing I can pick at.
A strongly suggested ticket. I suggest the 3D glasses, but if you need to save the three bucks, then go see it in 2D rather than not see it at all.