With 53 wins, 50 nominations and 4 Golden Globe nominations, Gravity is one of the most beautiful films to watch. In a very short amount of time, Director Alfonso Cuarón gives us a visual feast.
Gravity is a simple film based on two prime characters; Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) a medical engineer and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) a veteran astronaut. Both NASA astronauts are on a task to repair the Hubble telescope. With focus on completing their mission, they are unexpectedly struck with dangerous metal debris targeting their space station. Quickly aborting the mission, the astronauts seek for safety, yet despite acting fast they are soon thrashed. Losing grip, Ryan Stone is released afar continuously swaying round and round in circles in fear. With the ISS mostly destroyed and one astronaut down, all is left is Stone and Kowalski. Gravity follows the ultimate survival of Stone whom faces many decisions and hits along the way.
Cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki visually captures such realistic effects where the audience are truly emerged within space. This concept of ‘Gravity’ is so vividly evident, where our eyes are pleased with dramatic close ups to painful crashes. Wide shots of the natural earth look so real and perpetuate the beauty of it. From sunrise to sunset, we feel moved by the various lighting effets and profound detail in reflections. The extreme close up of their hands just about reaching each other is beautiful. These dramatic shots leave us on the edge of our seats, hungry for more. From the belt pulling Stone and oxygen decreasing, complimented with stunning soundscapes we are truly taken on an unforgettable journey.
Gravity is definitely worth a watch for a subsequent visual treat. The narrative focused on surviving is powerfully captured, where drama and tension rise. We are constantly on the side of Ryan Stone, who’s character is brought to life by Bullock. Her anxious behaviour is encountered, where we gradually see her grow confidence. Likewise, Clooney sparks the lightweight comedy, which relaxes the tension and somehow makes us feel as ease when on screen. Cuarón definitely creates a visually strong piece together with a powerful cast whom bring this climax to life.
My Rating: 9/10
Written by: Meera Darji