Director Alfonso Cuarón (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men”) has spent the last few years putting together his upcoming film, “Gravity,” a high-budget, visually stunning film that promises to bring the inconceivably beautiful view from space to the silver screen. Based on the trailer for the film, it seems that this will be one of the few films to demand an IMAX viewing experience, and based on a few comments made yesterday, September 3, 2013 by James Cameron, (“Titanic” and “Avatar”); the film is going to be worth every penny of the absurdly high IMAX ticket cost.
“Gravity” is Cuarón’s first movie since his spectacular 2006 film “Children of Men,” and after years of work, Cuarón has decided that “Gravity” is finally ready for release. The film stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant scientist who travels into space to help make a difficult repair on a broken satellite. With astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) by her side, the repair seems to be going well when a cloud of space debris comes crashing into the satellite and the sends them hurtling into space. The duo is forced to work together to escape the infinite void of space and return back to Earth before their oxygen supplies are exhausted. Apparently Bullock and Clooney are the only actors who show their faces in the movie and although trailers indicate that Ed Harris is part of the cast as well, reports have indicated that the bulk of the movie is left in the capable hands of Bullock and Clooney.
In addition to the refreshingly original plot and the incredible leading actors, the film received glowing reviews after its premier. However, in an interview with Variety yesterday, September 3, 2013, James Cameron gave the film a review that was, pardon the pun, out of this world.
I was stunned, absolutely floored, I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.
James Cameron is an extremely successful director who is more than qualified to comment on the depiction of outer space in film – his films “Aliens” and “Avatar” transported audiences to stunning alien worlds that could only exist in galaxies far from our own. Both films are considered to be two of the greatest space films to ever produced, so when James Cameron describes a film as “the best space film ever done,” the comment is not to be taken lightly.
In addition to his expertise in space films, Cameron also has extensive experience working with cutting-edge graphics and special effects – which are both utilized heavily to bring “Gravity” to life. In order to realistically depict the incomprehensible beauty of the universe on film, Cuarón needed to rethink the ways in which lighting, camera angles and rigging are typically implemented in the filming process. Likewise, Cameron had to find ways to navigate around the limitations of standard filmmaking procedures to make many of his revolutionary films like “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “The Abyss,” and, of course, “Avatar” and “Aliens.” So, when Cameron praises the film’s portrayal of space he is not only recognizing the quality of the film itself, but also the tremendous amount of work Cuarón had to do to break through filmmaking boundaries and bring his vision to life.
Cameron’s praise certainly makes “Gravity” a “must-see movie,” thought it also means that the film has to meet extremely high expectations. Seeing as thus far the film has only screened at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, it’s still too early to tell if audiences agree with Cameron’s bold statements. Fortunately, in exactly one month from today viewers will be able to decide for themselves where “Gravity” ranks on the list of the “best space films ever done” when “Gravity” hits theaters on October 4, 2013.