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FILM REVIEW: Gravity

gravity_poster_0TITLE: Gravity
STARS: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón
RELEASED: November 7th 2013

This film has had so much hype around it since its release that I simply had to make the effort to get to a cinema and see it. With critics and film industry experts raving about it, I was pretty excited. When I heard that it looks at a typically male world from a female perspective too, I was even more desperate to see it.

Director James Cameron has said of it: “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”. With reviews like that, Gravity is possibly the biggest must see of the year.

Set entirely in space and focusing on one relationship between two people, it’s very intense and draws you right in. With most films, you’re keeping up with more than one situation and set of problems but Gravity forces you to invest in the lives of Doctor Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). On her first space mission, Ryan Stone is accompanied by veteran space explorer Matt. When debris hits the shuttle Explorer, Ryan is separated from the ship and is sent tumbling into space. This is just the first moment in the film where your heart starts to race and believe me, there are plenty more.

Sandra Bullock’s convincing performance as a heartbroken lonely woman is really quite moving. It’s because of this that she feels like giving up and she needs a lift from Matt to keep her going. Although there are some funny exchanges between the two of them due to Matt’s subtle flirting, their relationship is one of support and friendship. He ends up being her strength and her inspiration, which ultimately is what saves her.

I think one of the strongest elements of the film is its ability to really touch you. You’re taken on a rollercoaster of emotions from fear, despair and joy. However, even the joy is bittersweet and you’re left questioning whether it really does have a happy ending. Everything is resolved but whether they’re for the best or not remains to be seen. There is also some breath-taking imagery of our planet and the stars surrounding it which make for a really magical view, pushing the likelihood of a Best Picture Oscar up tenfold.

Be prepared to cry as well as be a little bit frightened. Plunging into the great unknown is something that is terrifying for anyone but when the great unknown is weightless and eternal, the stakes are never higher. If you’ve ever wanted to be an astronaut (what kid didn’t?!) then Gravity will show you how this seemingly exciting world above our heads is also the most terrifying place ever.

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