February 20, 2014
I walked into this movie half expecting it to be a steaming pile of poop, driven by an overbearing George Clooney with a cameo by a “barely-there” Sandra Bullock. But despite my best efforts to be unimpressed, this movie kept me on my feet.
Within the first 20 minutes of the film the audience is thrown into an alternate reality where the Space Shuttle Program has continued and was never retired. The Space Shuttle “Explorer” has been sent on a mission to repair a broken Hubble Telescope.
Here we are introduced to Bullock, playing Ryan Stone, a Doctor of some sort. Despite a questionable past, she has somehow managed to become an astronaut with only six months of training. At first, Bullock’s character seemed nonchalant and just sort of there, but then I realized that this was going to be more of a sort of “coming of age” film, despite the fact that Dr. Stone is a middle aged woman.
Clooney’s character, Matt Kowalski, seems to have a heart, despite his playful bantering that makes me feel as though he has a problem keeping it in his pants around Dr. Stone.
“Gravity” includes some touching moments that make you scratch your head in a “but they’re in space, how did that even happen” sort of way.
Kowalski, I won’t really get into it but, somehow helps Dr. Stone recover her will to live during an “AH-HA!” moment that left me hitting myself in the face.
Overall “Gravity” is a movie I wish I had seen in theatres, at times it makes you clutch your seat and at other times you just want to run up to Dr. Stone and punch her in the face. It’s a visually stunning film, every glimpse of Earth makes you want to become an astronaut. Then you realize, hell no, I don’t want to die in the empty void that is space. Seriously, thanks for that one Alfonso Cuaron, you made me afraid of space. I give it a 3 ½ out of 5.
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