Gravity Movie Review Essay

865 Words Nov 21st, 2013 4 Pages
Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity pulls viewers in with superb character development, cinematic brilliance, and harrowing action sequences, leaving them breathless. A film that uses 3D technology and special effects in the best possible way; Gravity will serve as the benchmark for excellence in space thrillers for years to come.

The opening sequence transfixes viewers with a beautiful, almost ethereal wide shot of Earth from the view of space, and slowly moves in toward three dots that turn out to be the full cast of the film (really). Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Stone, a reluctant Astronaut on a singular mission to space with just six months of NASA training under her belt. On the other end of the spectrum is Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), the
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Stone; an “everyday” person (albeit a medical engineer) who is legitimately sent to space (unlike the colourful team of drillers sent to save the earth in Armageddon) immediately gives Bullock’s character a relatable quality. She reacts with true terror and grief at every twist and turn, and as she struggles between giving up and fighting for her life, the audience’s heart breaks with hers. Alfonso Cuarón did a brilliant job of ensuring these A-list stars were not “glammed up,” though Bullock did a more convincing job of helping audiences forget her superstar status with no makeup, chopped hair, and a broken soul.

Alfonso Cuarón’s shots help this characterization, of course, as the camera moves from inside of Dr. Stone’s helmet, to back outside in space. Essentially, we see what she sees, we hear what she hears. This literally puts the audience in her position as she sees numbers dwindling, warning lights sound, and ‘nothingness,’ as described by her to Kowalski. This film is a must-see in 3D, to appreciate Cuarón’s intent of putting the viewer in the film, but also just to be enveloped by the beauty of the “stillness” shots in comparison with the harrowing action sequences. The framing of Bullock’s nearly naked body in a fetal position is clearly not intended to be sexual- it shows her vulnerability and need for silence amidst a crisis, and also gives the audience a moment to digest the choices she must make to save herself. Another scene that seals Bullock’s

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