THE GRAVITY OF GRAVITY
In spite of Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, 2013) was one of the most acclaimed films in the 86th Oscar’s Award Ceremony, I think it is not the masterpiece that everybody says it is. Even though I enjoyed it very much and I like it, it can be only qualified as “entertaining”.
Please allow me to explain myself just before you start to shout that I don’t know how to appreciate a good movie.
I must recognize that the cast is good and they perform very well, since the only thing that Sandra Bullock needs to do is breath hard and George Clooney performs perfectly the role of George Clooney. A least the result is convincing! Furthermore, I don’t have any complain about the film’s scientist exactitude. In my opinion it is a good film in this sense although a lot of blogs and web pages have done a complete research about the film’s mistakes. I don’t mind them. I don’t want to pretend I’m an expert in Physics. So I won’t waste time on it.
My main point is that the movie pretends to be poetic and it includes a bunch of metaphors, which are quite obvious and simple. Talking about life, death, resurrection, evolution through a “space story” is very easy. Moreover, you are not going to do it better than Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The movie neither is dramatic. I mean, it is not more dramatic than films such as Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979) or Outland (Peter Hyams, 1981). That kind of atmosphere and fear about loneliness and being forgotten in space is not something new. The feeling I had after having watched the film was that it was only a scene of a film, not an entire movie.
So, if you decide to watch Gravity I’m pretty sure you are going to enjoy great FX but there is no anything else. To its favour, it only last about 90 minutes.