There are very few movies I insist on viewing at a cinema. I’m usually better off watching them at home. The last movie that I saw (based on Steve Jobs’ life) was a disappointment and I didn’t think that would be repeated when I decided to watch Gravity. Well, what do you know.
Warning: This review contains Spoilers.
Let’s start with the basics. Gravity is directed by Alfonso Cuaron and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and is a space mission gone horribly wrong. The plot is actually quite simple and right from the start of the movie your eyes will be glued to the screen. A medical engineer and an astronaut are on a routine space mission which goes awry leaving them stranded and tethered to each other in a black abyss of zero gravity. For someone who has acrophobia, I was actually pretty shaken at the start.
What starts with a simple space mission, results in a wrestle for survival. The movie is like a house of cards, it keeps building and falling apart. The plotline is fairly predictable. You’d know that George Clooney’s character is made so charming and likeable because he’s not going to survive. There’s little background about Sandra Bullock’s life only so it can create a certain kind of rapport with the audience. The ending of the movie is actually so unrealistic that after you move out of the theatre, you tell yourself that is absolutely ridiculous.
That’s all about the negatives.
Let’s all agree on this: the visuals of Gravity are downright brilliant. However, when you are watching a movie related to Space in the year 2013, you’re expecting something more. I’m not sure myself. Not such a big fan of Space, you see. The scenic beauty of Mother Earth will send shivers down your spine. The same person who did the Tree of Life creation of life scene renders absolute beauty to this movie in terms of the celestial phenomena that is taking place. The first person camera view also makes for a beautiful experience leading you to feel as though you’re in Space and actually running out of oxygen. The scientific lingo doesn’t seem to create a disconnect for the layman and is not too dumbed down, either.
I would commend Sandra Bullock for her excellent screen presence throughout the movie. She’s strong, steady and makes the right decisions even though she’s light-headed as she is literally breathing in Carbon Dioxide after a point of time. The steady sound of her breathing stays with you for the most part of the movie. There are certain scenes that are so impressionable. My favourite being when she takes off her spacesuit and curls up in the fetal position while floating in zero gravity. I also loved the scenes where there was so much happening but you couldn’t hear a sound. The silence, you could get used to it.
In my opinion this was a one-time watch unlike Tree of Life. Despite the stunning effects it leaves you feeling a strange sense of discomfort after it’s over. Maybe, survival isn’t everything. Every story doesn’t need to have a happy ending. Also, when the odds staked against someone are so high, chances are they won’t make it. Why show otherwise? Maybe the writers should’ve thought this through: Sometimes ambiguous endings are the ones that express the most.