The biggest argument theater owners have to keep audiences from waiting for a movie to hit Blu-Ray is that they have to have “the theater experience.” Arguably most of the time that’s code for paying way too much for the privilege of dealing with people checking their phones during the movie and others showing up late and expecting you to move for them. However in cases like “Gravity,” theaters have a distinct advantage which every critic across the country spotlighted in today's first round of opening day reviews.
Movies like “Gravity” were made for the big screen. In fact it’s probably one of only a handful of movies made in 3D that should actually be in 3D. Most studios nowadays milk the third dimension for extra profit but audiences have begun to catch on. Yet, like “Hugo” and “Life of Pi,” this time the added depth is winning over crowds and critics alike.
'Gravity' must be seen in theaters to be appreciated; the prospect of watching this movie on anything less than a 40-foot screen is tantamount to listening to Beethoven through a tin can and a string. - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
'Gravity's' great gift to the viewer is that it gives outer space back its beauty, terror, and wonder. - Dana Stevens, Slate
'Gravity' into a thing of transcendent beauty and terror. It's more than a movie. It's some kind of miracle. - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Gravity,” takes place entirely in space and is carried mostly by just two characters, played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The pair play astronauts who find themselves in mortal danger after a spacewalk goes horribly wrong. Now cut off from their ship and in danger of endlessly floating in outer space, they must find a way to survive.
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the film makes full use of 3D and the depth it brings as audiences will truly feel like they are lost in space right there with Bullock and Clooney. Cuarón, along with his son Jonas, spent two and a half years on this project which they have repeatedly said was a bigger undertaking then they first believed.
From new techniques in sound to well received visual trickery, the “Harry Potter” and “Y Tu Mamá También” director has gone to new places in filmmaking and as a result “Gravity,” is without a doubt an award season contender. As of this morning, Sandra Bullock is ranked in second position behind “Blue Jasmine’s” Cate Blanchett in most expert predictions on awards site Gold Derby. The film itself is also on many of the critics' list of top front-runners.
This has been a longtime coming as the movie in the beginning was plagued with delays and re-castings. However this looks like one of those rare times in Hollywood where all the pieces WILL actually come together. Early estimates have the movie projected to take in between $35 and $40 million in its opening weekend, which is solid number for any film not bowing during the summer season. Yet it's also easy to see the Cuaróns weren't making this just for the money as the amount of work and thought that went into the project is visible to those who haven't even seen the film.
The appeal of going to the movies is to get lost in another world for an extended period of time and that's exactly what "Gravity" sets out to accomplish. It's rare to find a mainstream film that audiences want to see and critics want to recommend, which makes this something you can't miss.