Friday, 8 November 2013

Gravity- why you should see it

Some films don't live up to their hype, leaving you underwhelmed but Gravity certainly doesn't.

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the LFF IMAX screening of the film introduced by director, Alfonso Cuarón. He joked about the need for sick bags as you're taken on the intensest of space. However, the film isn't typical of the sci-fi genre, it isn't about aliens, starships and galactic battles. This is a story about isolation, desperation and determination, an event that could happen. Those who don't like Sci-Fi should not dismiss Gravity. 

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The film tells the story of astronaut Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) who finds herself struggling to survive after an accident on her first space engineering mission alongside the experienced Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Bullock shines in a tricky role where she is the audiences' only companion for the majority of the film. She portrays the panic and desperation expertly but also there's a humanity to Stone as we more learn about her backstory. I'm in no doubt that Bullock will be nominated for an Academy Award but she'll have stiff competition from Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks).   
"You should see the sun shining on the Ganges. It's amazing."- Matt Kowalski (George Clooney)
Whilst the story is entertaining, this film is predominately about the visuals. This is a film that begs to be seen on an IMAX screen or at least in 3D. I've never been a huge fan of 3D  feeling it rarely adds much to a film. Nonetheless, do try and see it in the 3D. The cinematography and visual effects are simply stunning with dazzling, sweeping shots of earth next to the chasm of space. The realism Cuarón has created from the attention to detail with the anti-gravity to the authenticity of the setting is astounding. This is a film that is as flawless as they come. Gravity is not only one of the best films I've ever seen but undoubtedly the best looking film. 
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From start to finish, Gravity is an intense film that will have your gripping the arm rest as you become absorbed in the story and mesmerised by the spectacle.  You won't be checking your watch, you won't want to go to the toilet and it will most probably but you off a career as an astronaut. At only 90 minutes long this is cinema at its finest.
Don't miss Gravity whilst it is at the cinema. This is one of the those films that needs to be seen on the big screen to do it justice. No film has made me sit in awe as much as Gravity. Believe the hype. 

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