If you have a bucket list, what are some things that you have on there? I have never written one, but if I do, it would be a dream come true to be in space. Space is the best visual example of what a movie watching experience should be for anyone that goes to see one in theaters: an escape. Our daily lives are filled with so much noise, change, repetition, and drama, that sometimes it feels amazing to escape our every day lives for at least two hours. When you are watching a great film, time is irrelevant. You don’t think twice about how long it is, or how much time is left in it. You should feel as though you are part of the action. Look no further than this film for a full and complete immersion into the fascinating, and breath-taking place that we call space. When it comes to using adjectives to describe the beauty of what space is, I am at a loss of words because you simply cannot say enough about how amazing it really is. The more you think about it, you know that you have seen a great film in theaters when you are already thinking about adding it to your collection. More importantly, you have so many words that you want to say about it, but you are not sure about how to put it in writing.
Let me begin by saying what a remarkable job director Alfonso Cuarón did with this film. He may not have several directing credits doing these types of films as some of his colleagues do, however, that becomes completely irrelevant after watching this movie. In fact, he dreamed of being an astronaut and director growing up in his native Mexico. I think that it is safe to say that he is a very respectable director who can do some fine work with sci-fi thriller films. There is also the very lucrative Harry Potter franchise that he was also a part of. In case you may not know, Cuarón was the director of the third film in that series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. What is interesting to know is that while it was the only film that he directed in the franchise, many have said that they liked his film the best. Personally, I still wonder why that was the only film that he directed given all of the positive support and feedback from die-hard Harry Potter film fans. One thing that I have come to learn from great actors and directors is that it is not so much about the extensive work that has been done, but the quality of their work. Cuarón has been very critically selective of what he does, and it shows in his work. The greatness of his films just continue to get better with each new film that he directs.
To this day, I continue to be very critical of Avatar. It was the first film that I watched in a 3-D format, and needless to say, I did not enjoy it. I have refused to watch any films released in that format since. Having said that, I received the good word about watching Gravity in IMAX 3-D. Despite my strong dislike for that format, I can honestly say that I would love to watch Gravity again that way. Simply saying that this film was breath-taking is an understatement. Keep in mind that I watched it on a regular screen. So I can only imagine what it must be like to see this on an IMAX screen. You have to believe me when I say that although you will pay extra money to see it that way, it is worth it! Even though it may seem as though there are so many films that have shown some great scenes of space, you have to tip your hat off to the cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. So from a visual perspective, that is already one big expectation that has been met. Everyone should have great story and visual expectations of films when watching them in theaters. Listening to the hype is one thing, but having the expectations is another.
At some point I may run out of adjectives to describe the beauty of this film, but I must say that it is definitely one of the most emotionally gratifying films of the year. On a personal level, I measure a film’s greatness by how much I reflect on it after it is done. I’m not just talking about mentally, but how much spread the word about it to others. I even think about how I am going to review it. The film may have ended, but when you find yourself deeply thinking and reflecting on things well after it has finished, then you have watched one incredible film. Life speaks to us in very different and mysterious ways, but the constant reminder that you will always hear is that when you have the will to do something, you can do it! The beauty of success or achievement is knowing that you may have fallen countless times, but your success overcomes all of those failed attempts combined. Recognizing and accepting failure is one of the best things that we can do because it is going to happen to us all at some point. After all, we are only humans living in a world that requires our undivided attention in order to succeed. When I say succeed, I’m talking about living life not just surviving it. We have to embrace the rewards and hardships life has because that’s what makes us all stronger.
As the fall movie season continues its full swing in the holidays, if there is one movie that is worth watching at the movie theaters it is Gravity. Director Alfonso Cuarón has given us a sci-fi thriller to love for the ages. He is a director that really chooses the films that he does carefully. Two of his other films that I would recommend are Children of Men and Y Tu Mama También. I am excitedly waiting for the next feature film that he will direct next. As for the acting power in this film, that credit goes to the two stars that shared the amazing dialogue in this film, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I must say that it was great to see Ed Harris as the voice of mission control in Houston. His casting reminded me of his Oscar-nominated performance in Apollo 13. The Bullock and Clooney on-screen pairing worked very well in this film. I would gladly watch them share the acting spotlight in another film. However, this is a film in which Sandra delivered her abilities with such grace and heart. Her performance, the visual spectacle, the music, Cuarón’s work, and everything about it is what makes this film a must-see in theaters now!