From the moment you see the opening title 'Gravity' to the closing credits you will find yourself short of breath. 'Gravity' is bar none the best movie I have seen this year if not in the past five years. I have never seen a movie that has attained such eye candy, spectacular visuals. The film has an amazing, heart wrenching, edge-of-your-seat story, that cannot be denied. Could this possibly be the best thing since 'Citizen Kane?' Or wait, is it better?
There are not just two or three redeeming qualities about this film, but rather fourteen or fifteen things that make this movie capable of standing the test of time. Anything from Sandra Bullock or George Clooney's acting to Cuarón's directing, not to mention the sound effects, special effects, visual effects, editing, etc. This film immediately goes from just a movie or film straight to "cinema"! Before I get more into the review I must tell you that it is not necessary, but rather mandatory that you see this in IMAX 3D the sights and sounds that IMAX provides are necessary for the experience. It is rare to find a film where 3D enhances the experience, and Gravity's 3D experience engulfs you in the setting. The sound is also outstanding and extremely well engineered (check how they did it here), the way the voices are coherent to the camera movements has you actually feeling like you have been lost in space and will either disorient you or reorient you depending on the scene.
The story is about a group of American astronauts working on a routine mission leaving Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Clooney) separated from their spacecraft fighting for their lives and trying to make it back to Earth's soil. Curarón has made a beautiful subplot for Ryan Stone. Although the story is about her venture in trying to survive space, it is also about her finding her faith. Through dialogue between Stone and Kowalski, you find out that Stone lost her child in a freak accident, one which has robbed her of any chance at faith. The journey of survival that Stone is put through tests her faith and will-to-survive.
James Cameron, director of 'Avatar' (the highest grossing film of all time), publicly stated that "'Gravity' is the best space film ever made."
Please do yourself a favor and see this movie now. I saw the film with 16 of my friends and it had all of us at the edge of our seats with jaws wide open, wanting more.