Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gravity Film Review

*In honor of this beautiful film, I have added extra large graphics to this blog post.

After seeing Gravity again, I was taken with the urgent need to review it. I truly believe that Gravity is one of the best movies ever made. Its certainly one of the best and most intense cinematic experience you'll ever have, should you care to watch it. Check it out and let me know what you think. If you have to have all of your storytelling laid out for you in explicit "this is what character A thinks and feels now" terms, this movie may not be for you. Its mature, abstract, layered, deep and there are lots of panoramic and wide shots

 with only a few spare close up reaction shots that are very conservative and extremely well done. The special effects appear very minimal, though truly they're not. It honestly looks as if this movie was filmed in space.
 Sandra Bullock does all of the acting here on her own with just a little bit of help from George Clooney. Her physical performance is absolutely stunning and awe inspiring. She acted in conditions that mimicked zero gravity and did so like a professional astronaut. Zero gravity is hard. You're flailing around with no control. NASA could probably employ her if she ever decided to give up acting. There is this beautiful sequence in Gravity where Sandra Bullock is curled up like a fetus waiting to be born from inside of the space station that will absolutely take your breath away. She deserves an Oscar for her performance in this movie, unquestionably. This is one of the best acting performances I have ever seen.
 The best part about this movie is that it is not about space at all. It is about the human spirit and the vagaries of fate and how we deal with them. Why does one character live while others die? Why does Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock)'s daughter die in a freak accident when her mother is left to mourn her passing, continuing to outlive her? Why does that rope catch Ryan's foot and not Kowalski's? And finally, how do we deal with these instances of happenstance and why? Why do some move on while others stay stagnant? When and why does that switch flip within us? Why and how does that flame go out or reignite? There is a real beauty here for those who care to see it, and that is the beauty that lies within that moment in which we decide not to be distracted by those questions anymore and to simply live life and stand in our power. There is a beauty within the moment in which we decide to break free of the chains that bind us to our sense of what should and shouldn't happen, what is and isn't proper and that forever asked question,
"when will I die?" That is where the real beauty lies. And
 there is an answer there for those who care to think on it, and that answer is "today." It is always today. It will always be today.

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