[Gravity. Released October 4, 2013. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Writers Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and George Clooney. DVD/Blu-Ray not yet released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.]
As the final credits rolled on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, a woman in the row in front of me stood up and swaying slightly, grabbed the back of the seat in front of her. She turned to her companion and said, “That was terrifying.” Indeed. Not since the consciousness altering space scenes in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey have we felt the reality of space so intensely. The technical achievements of this movie are of epic proportions and they serve the purposes of storytelling, which is to say the special effects don’t run away with the movie. That alone is a heckuva an achievement. The editing, directing and acting (what there is of it) are first rate. I’m not surprised that Gravity has become a hit. It will almost certainly be nominated for a set of Academy Awards, including the “Best Picture” category.
That makes my realization all the more unfortunate: I’ve seen too many space movies to enjoy this one like most people. More