Gravity - movie review

From Oct 14, 2013

Wow. I can honestly say that I have never seen a movie quite like "Gravity". Just go see it. I don't want to tell too much about it. 
Altho, I'll also say that while I think 3D is a passing fad (like it was in the '50s) and adds little-to-nothing to the experience of a film, the 3D DOES add to the experience of watching "Gravity." So see it in 3D if you can (I'm not even certain that you can see it in regular old 2D...)

If you'd like to know more of what I thought of the film, scroll down.




You could say that "Gravity" is reminiscent of "2001: A Space Odyssey": it takes place in orbit/space, it plays with silence a lot, and it has super-long shots (in the first 30 minutes of the movie I think there were only two edits). However, "Gravity" is specifically about two astronauts trying desperately to get back to earth before their oxygen runs out (not about an alien monolith on the moon/an evil AI).
It's really amazing how gripping the film is despite its rather simplistic plot of "gotta get back to earth!". Bravo, Alfonso.
Sandra Bullock pulls off an amazing performance akin to Tom Hanks in "Castaway". 
The effects are also amazing and incredibly realistic. Seeing the space debris rip everything apart in silence (altho there is music) is actually pretty horrifying to watch. And the music itself is very interesting, light and ethereal for the most part, but when the low rumble builds you know some shit is about to go down. Very cool stuff.