Gravity

I just watched this on my computer. It was, in fact, my first ever downloaded movie from the Internet. I guess this is now the wave of the future, what with Blockbuster being out of business, though I will still miss going to the video store and browsing through thousands of movie selections, often not having a clue in advance as to what movie I was going to rent.

Anyway, on to the movie. Visually, it’s great, and probably its best feature by far. The effects are so good you don’t even notice they’re effects, it looks like they actually shot this movie in real outer space.

As for the rest? The best I can say is the story is competent. For those who don’t know, it’s about two people standed in space after debris from several exploded satellites has taken out their space shuttle (didn’t the filmmakers know the Shuttle is now retired?). They are literally marooned with just their space suits for protection. The question then is: can they get to a nearby space station (in this case, Chinese) in order to find a capsule that can take them safely back to Earth?

The plot makes some technical errors, but you can mostly ignore those and just enjoy the drama and the great visuals. There’s no need to spoil the plot, since there isn’t much of one. Either they get back to Earth or they don’t. Sandra Bullock does, I think, a pretty decent job, although she really doesn’t come across as a real astronaut but more like a Damsel in Distress set in space. Although she’s competent enough when she has to be, she’s much too emotional most of the time to look like someone who’s gone through the rigorous training and psychological screening given to real astronauts. And Clooney isn’t really acting at all, he’s just playing himself (wise cracking, obviously thinks he’s God’s gift to all women, etc.) only he’s doing it in a space suit.

This has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Will it win? Should it win? On the first, I doubt it, since space/Sci-Fi movies almost never win Best Picture. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 didn’t (and it’s much better than this film) nor did any of the Star Wars flicks. Should it win? Probably not. The amazingly lifelike visuals (again, they really look like they’re in space, but then, so did most of 2001 and that was filmed in 1968) simply can’t make up for a pedestrian plot.

4 Comments

  1. I felt like part of it watching it in 2D on a laptop. The sharpness of the picture was incredible!

    Still, was it a great movie, worthy of an Oscar? That’s another matter. Great effects alone do not a great movie make (or else “300″ would have won that year).

  2. The following is an excerpt from Peter Hartlaub’s 10/18/13 review at SFGate.

    “Gravity” has been hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, a movie that can lift audiences up while remaining grounded in humanity. A consensus critical darling and surefire Oscar contender, it’s the rare movie that transcends hype, drawing audiences by word of mouth, until they all agree …

    “What are you all on? This movie was awful,” a commenter named “Aaron” wrote under movie critic Christy Lemire’s review at ChristyLemire.com. “… The dialogue was dreadful, the action utterly implausible, the paper-thin quasi-philosophy trite at best, zero emotional engagement – it’s just expensive crap.”

  3. “What are you all on? This movie was awful,” a commenter named “Aaron” wrote under movie critic Christy Lemire’s review at ChristyLemire.com. “… The dialogue was dreadful, the action utterly implausible, the paper-thin quasi-philosophy trite at best, zero emotional engagement – it’s just expensive crap.”

    The best part of the whole movie was it was 90 minutes long. By that I mean a lot of time explaining the obvious of how Clooney and Bullock got to where they were. We all know about rockets and stuff, so, that redundancy was removed. It starts 3 minutes into the film about an exploded Russian Space Junk heading their way and it was 87 minutes of survival.

    The other part was our reliance on the Russians since the fool at 1600 PA Ave., NW, Worshinton, Disease scrapped the space program to give money to the sick lame and lazy because the only thing American in the movie was Clooney and Bullock.

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