Everytime you watch a film you know how to categorize it – the good, the bad, and well, the not-so-good. What’s amazing is the power of a film to transport you into a certain time, a certain era and have you experience each emotion that the protagonist goes through – like it was all happening to your person.
George Clooney, who plays Matt Kowalsky, a veteran astronaut on his last space mission says “you’ve gotta admit, the view is breathtaking.” And it is indeed. The beauty with which the scenes have been shot to make the overall film a visual extravaganza is awe-inspiring. The joint effort of director Alfonso Cuaron, his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki as well as visual effects supervisor, Tim Webber, shall keep you suspended in space just like the astronauts. Gravity is a film that is possibly the closest that we all can get to the real deal – the feeling of being in space. Sandra Bullock brings a lot of charm and maturity at the same time to her role as medical engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone.
A few unfortunate incidences leave Dr. Stone and Matt Kowalsky stranded in space, tethered to nothing but each other. The film is such a treat to the eyes that it will surely leave an imprint in your mind for a long time. It’s not about the story or the dialogues. It’s the eerie silence that you are engulfed in. The one where you can hear your own heartbeat.
The film started with a point stated matter-of-factly… it is impossible to breathe in space. How about that? Each minute, each reaction counts. There are very few films that largely depend on the cinematography and lesser on the story telling expertise of the director. Alfonso Cuaron however has that ability to shoot long takes in a single go, something that we also saw in his previous release, Children of Men (2006). Being a movie set in space, a film buff may start comparing Gravity to Stanley Kubrick‘s marvel, 2001: A Space Odyssey. But I must admit that there is no comparison you can draw between the two films. They are set in space, yes. However, that’s not enough to decide that what we are watching is plausibly an inspiration of a film from the past.
It is nail-bitingly terrifying to know that all you have remaining is you, especially when you are stranded in space with zero communication to anyone. It is remarkable how the journey of Dr. Ryan Stone thence begins and ends in a similar open-ended fashion, mostly that of relief that she did make it back to Earth, alive. What you need is immense patience to enjoy this cinematic marvel thoroughly.