The vast and infinite idea of the universe continues to be a mesmerizing idea – for all of us. Not since ‘2001: Space Odyssey’ has a film examined the subject with such a magical, and profound approach. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ is a visually stunning, and insightful story that will captivate everyone.
The story follows Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) in her first shuttle mission with experienced astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) in what seems a routine fix-up job around Earth’s orbit. Kowalski’s “I have a bad feeling about this mission” jest soon becomes reality after the shuttle is destroyed and they are left stranded with mere possibilities of survival.
Cuarón (‘A Little Princess’, ‘Children of Men’) working along with his son Jonás, craft a very intelligent, emotionally charged and well-balanced screenplay. In the one hand, Stone is this linear, and methodical scientist who has chosen solace above all in her life. The mission seems to be the opportunity to escape her reality on Earth – and her wish to be alone becomes a sudden reality. On the other hand, there is the anchored idea of life in Kowalski whose wit, and experience brings some equilibrium into the awe-inspiring space. Each character is well-developed throughout the film making their circumstances, not only unique, but heartfelt.
The visual elements in ‘Gravity’ are hypnotic – even though its setting is not in a distant galaxy. Earth serves as the magnificent backdrop, and unbroken presence that becomes the third character within the ideas of desperation and separateness in the film. Cuarón, and company, excel at creating a convincing environment – inside and outside – with elements that might seem basic but are enhanced in gravity-defying space.
‘Gravity’ is a superb journey of the imagination, not only from the filmmaker’s point of view, but of humanity as a whole. Add to that the 3D element to make it a formidable cinematic experience.