Gravity: Movie Review

Nina Russell, Staff Writer

Gravity, a movie produced by Alfonso Cuarón, is really out-of-this-world (pun intended). This movie is full of amazing CG, music that makes anyone want to panic, and has the smallest cast of any movie that I’ve ever seen.

Gravity, with the cast of only Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is a movie that will keep you hooked from the beginning of the movie until the very end. It tells the story of Doctor Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Clooney), two astronauts sent on a mission to install a new system on the Hubble Telescope. The astronauts are warned only minutes before a massive field of debris comes hurtling in and sends Stone spiraling into space, injuring or killing the rest of the crew (except for Matt Kowalski). In this movie, you follow Doctor Stone’s perilous journey to make it back to Earth while everything goes wrong. All of this and more is established during the stunning 17-minute-long opening scene without a cut.

I saw Gravity this weekend with my family at Ronnie’s Cinema in Arnold in IMAX 3D, which, to me, is the only way to see this movie. I cannot fathom attempting to watch this cinematic masterpiece on a normal movie theater screen. Most of the effect, I believe, would be lost. Gravity was obviously made to be seen in 3D, being almost completely computer generated. This movie is so immersive that it will leave you feeling as if you’re taking the whole journey yourself.

Even though this movie is beautiful and very exciting, there are some drawbacks as well. The filmmakers attempted to give Doctor Stone too much of a backstory, I believe, and it offsets the plot at the climax of the movie. Gravity is a good movie for action and graphics, but if you’re looking for a movie with some substance and a theme, you should probably wait for a different movie. Also, the soundtrack is almost too much for the movie. There is such an extreme barrage of music in the film that when it cuts out in scenes, it doesn’t feel as much stark as it does relieving. The film even made me sick in some parts because the whole screen was spinning and the extra-butter popcorn wasn’t helping.

However, the filmography is amazing, and gives you a realistic impression, with the first scene being a whole 17 minutes long. The CG and false gravity is very believable, as well as all that happens in the movie. It is slightly improbable during some parts, with everything that happens to Doctor Stone, but it makes for a more exciting movie. The acting is very believable as well, as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are very good at portraying what they’re feeling and allowing the audience to connect with them as well.

If you’re looking for an interesting, exciting movie to go see and don’t mind brief strong language, violence, or the feeling of queasiness, this is the movie for you. I’d recommend that you go up to Ronnie’s Cinema and splurge on some IMAX 3D tickets to see the movie in all of its glory. I give this movie 4 stars out of 5, for an exciting plot and beautiful graphics, but a slightly over-the-top soundtrack and forced backstory.