Gravity (2013) Film Review

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

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7 thoughts on “Gravity (2013) Film Review

  1. Agreed on every point. This is a visual masterpiece, comparable to few, if any, films.

    I don’t like the score’s impact on the movie, but otherwise I think Gravity fantastic.

    Good review!

      1. Oddly, that scientific inaccuracy is the one closest to inexcusable, I think.

        SPOLIER ALERT:

        Matt didn’t need to die. He and Ryan had clearly stopped moving by the time he disconnected from her. As such, both were completely weightless. Which in turn means he was no longer pulling on the ropes at all. That leads to this obvious conclusion: Ryan only needed to jerk upward ever so slightly and she would have pulled Matt to safety. Hard to believe Matt, at least, a hyper experienced astronaut, wouldn’t have known as much.

        END SPOILER

      2. Whoa! Thats very true indeed…Its amazing how one tiny detail can make a difference. Great explanation. Plus couldn’t she have gone back to get him, I mean I don’t think he would have got that far. I guess its just one of those “movie” things.

      3. Going to back to get might have been hard. She was immobile for a long stretch of time, which means he could have drifted to who knows where. Without communication or some sort of signal from him, finding him would have been less easy than finding the proverbial needle.

        Plus, who can say how much oxygen he had left? Even if she found him, he might have already been dead.

        Perhaps the biggest reason, though? She was never in something she could steer all that well, really.

  2. Good review Meera. I just had a huge problem with the character-development here. It wasn’t that it wasn’t lacking, but there was too much of it to where it felt desperate. As if these characters being stuck in space wasn’t enough for us to care about them as it was, so therefore, we just have to add on the dead family members. Just didn’t feel right to me, despite everything else working so damn well.

    1. Thanks for reading. I never really thought of it like that. However, now that you mention it, there was slighty an overload. I was glad to have just about understood Clooney’s persona, but this soon vanished as he did.

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