Saturday, October 05, 2013
Your circuit's dead/there's something wrong, Dept.
Poster for Gravity
Just saw this today. Two words: IMAX 3-D. See this on the largest screen that you can and strap on those Roy Orbison depth shades. It is a visually amazing and utterly immersive experience.
The story is simple. No spoiler alert is necessary to tell you that it's the story of an orbital space mission gone horribly wrong. And the rest of the film is about survival. There's backstory given to Bullock's character that I think is unnecessary in terms of the audience's sympathy or engagement. Backstory that I don't think would've been given to a man in her role.
I remember reading about this film on one of the Hollywood biz blogs when it was first announced a few years ago. A lot of questioning as to whether Sandra Bullock could hold you for 90 minutes--she's pretty much in every shot of the movie. Well, she does, aided by the astonishing visuals and, yes, edge-of-your-seat, Perils-of-Pauline action.
I'm calling her for Best Actress and Gravity for Best Picture noms next Oscar™ season. On the one hand, the film is at the edge of our technological abilities in the medium, and every dollar spent shows up on the screen.
But this is no mere CGI-wankfest. The film is centrally about human survival under the most adverse conditions, and it's driven by Bullock, much of it in head-and-shoulders shots. Her reactions to the rapidly shifting circumstances--and dangers--are ultimately what keep your ass in the seat.