Alfonso Cuaron is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. 2006’s Children of Men was one of the best films of the year. His follow-up, Gravity (rated PG-13) is now my current favorite film of 2013. That could obviously change as the year progresses, but Gravity is going to be hard to beat.
It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a medical engineer and an astronaut respectively, who are working in space when an accident leaves them floating adrift. The trailer for Gravity shows quick clips of an accident and Sandra Bullock’s character, Ryan, spinning away in to the black abyss. It was difficult to decipher what kind of story was there. I began to imagine a movie where Ryan is floating away and remembers her life on earth. We get flashbacks of key moments in her life before she ultimately runs out of oxygen and dies, never to be seen again.
Thankfully, Alfonso Cuaron is way more imaginative than I am and we got a much better movie than that.
I don’t want to give much away but I’ll say the first accident is just the tip of the iceberg. The whole film takes place in space and there are no flashbacks of any sort. It’s a straight forward linear film.
Cuaron’s direction is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I haven’t done much research on the making of the movie but I’ve heard that they built certain rigs and cranes to simulate weightlessness. They achieved what they set out to and the movie is beautiful. The are no editing cuts in the first 13 minutes of the film. It’s one long take and it’s breathtaking.
Gravity is the most suspenseful film I’ve seen in quite a while. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat, with my hands to my face, for most of the movie. The score only adds to the suspense and is (and I know it seems I say this a lot, but…) one of the best scores of the year.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are at the top of their game and deliver wonderful performances.
I honestly can’t wait to see it again. I give Gravity an A+.