FJ Rating: Big Screener
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
PG-13, 1 hr 31 min
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Teamed with composed veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), all hell breaks loose when their shuttle is hit by debris. Losing all communication to Earth, the struggle to return home becomes their newest, most important mission of their lives.
First off, I need to admit that I’m extremely disappointed in myself for not having seen this in IMAX 3D when it was available to me. Epic fail. However, I did see it in regular 3D (phew!). I must say, I really enjoyed it. I was nervous, with my feet up on my chair, hands up near my mouth out of worry, and I even forgot at times that I had a free popcorn waiting for me to munch on (compliments of Marcus Theatres’ Free Popcorn Tuesdays – see below!).
Sandra Bullock’s character is on her first shuttle mission, and although she’s gone through extensive training, I still felt like I was on my first shuttle mission right alongside her. I felt what she felt – nervousness, worry, frustration, fear. In my opinion, this role really proved what Sandra Bullock is capable of and I will be shocked if she isn’t nominated for an Oscar (among other awards). Although George Clooney didn’t have as much screen time as Sandra Bullock, the time he was on screen impressed me as much as it possibly could. The story focuses more on Sandra Bullock’s character anyways, so if you’re planning to see “Gravity” in hopes to see sexy astronaut George Clooney steal the show, don’t get your hopes up.
As for the film itself, critics can go on and on about how certain details of the film weren’t realistic or possible, but I guess I see things in a different light. I don’t get all technical when watching a film. I share my opinions based on whether or not the film was enjoyable and the acting up to a certain bar. If a film is a drama, I want to feel sadness and pain and sympathy while watching it. If a film is a comedy, I want to laugh and be entertained. If a film is an action film, I want to be on the edge of my seat and feel my heart beating faster and faster. These are all the things I take into consideration when giving my opinion of a film. With that being said, I enjoyed “Gravity.” I thought the graphics were phenomenal, Sandra Bullock did a great job, and it kept my attention. I must admit that the film is more graphics than an extensive storyline, so my only piece of advice would be to see “Gravity” in 3D.
MONEY SAVER: Check “Gravity” out while it’s still playing at a Marcus Theatres near you. Marcus Theatres’ newest promotion lets you see ANY movie for $5 on Tuesdays. If you want to see a movie in 3D, it’s only a few dollars more. Not only that, but Tuesdays through December you also get a free 44 oz. popcorn. That means you could go see “Gravity” in 3D and get a 44 oz. popcorn for next to nothing. Take advantage of it!
I’m not sure how much longer “Gravity” will be in theatres, so check Fandango to see where “Gravity” is playing in your area.