Gravity Review

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 7.00.10 AM.png   Alfonso Cuarón’s character based space disaster is a tense experience unlike any you’ve ever witnessed, initially dismissing the film a just a series of escalating outer-space explosions I’ve finally come around to realize the brilliance of Cuarón’s ambitious project. The reason Cuarón’s work resonates so much with audience members is because no matter how ambitious his work seems or how grand his visuals are, Cuarón never loses focus of character and character development, something he has proven to construct beautifully since his work on Y tu Mama También. With that said, Gravity like any space movie that came before it starts off with a grand visual of Earth as seen from above, but then the camera retracts and begins to hover around our characters as the commonly converse. We get our first impressions of Clooney’s character as being this sort of charismatic leader and Bullock as a determined scientist, as well as our very amusing Harvard friend. Then it all changes as space debris invades the frame and our one-hour journey thorough the most personal disaster movie that I’ve ever seen. This being a product of Cuarón’s incredible way of creating characters and Bullock’s incredible acting as she is constantly being taken to the breaking point in an unfamiliar, terrifying landscape. And with Lubezki’s mesmerizing and chilling score that intensifies each scene, we are treated with an epic space journey through a string of calamitous events in space. But thanks to Cuarón’s complex character-development, as we follow her journey through the tough textures of space, we begin to learn more about her and Gravity becomes so much more than a disaster movie, it becomes a parable for a mother’s braveness and determination, and a film that presents us with the true spirit of fighting woman. A unnerving experience like no other about the dangers of space and the fight for survival, Cuarón’s space-disaster film is an ambitious project with countless layers of depth to it, a film with strong direction, performances, incredible cinematography from Chivo’s part, and a tense score that will keep you at the edge of your seat, leading me to rank the film at an 87 out of 100.

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