I have to admit that technically this film is beyond impressive. The visuals and sound design don’t just create a believable and stunning location for the film to take place in, they instead truly transport you into it. It’s rare that such an obvious term can be used honestly, but here it’s warranted – I felt like I was there for most of the movie.
The extraordinary technical achievement is pretty much the film’s only real achievement however. Gravity‘s plot is weak, it really is. I can completely get on board with a film about astronauts stranded in space after a catastrophic disaster if the film doesn’t then stretch all believability by forcibly upping the tension and drama to crazy heights. This film need to scale things down just a little and let the terrifying qualities of space speak for themselves a little more. I am not saying that I am not willing to suspend my disbelief here; I expect to with any film pretty much, let alone one set in space, however Gravity really does stretch that regularly in order to seek out the next grand scale moment of disaster.
Credit has to be given to Sandra Bullock for her performance. She has a lot of pressure put on her to carry this one and she does a good, if not outstanding job. The biggest issue holding her back is the rather weak dialogue that plagues this script and her underwritten character. Some potentially deep psychological issues are attached to her character Ryan, however these just sort of float about, occasionally rearing their head in quiet periods of the film, but never do they really develop or go through a process of meaningful change. It all just feels so surface level. George Clooney similarly has little to do other than act charismatic. If we are meant to care about these people then we need much more than we are given here.
I am pretty certain that I am going against popular opinion here, however as much as Gravity is an exceptionally pretty and involving experience, it has just too many weakness to overlook. I have heard some people praise the thematic depth which is embedded within the film, sorry but as far as I can make out, anything here just feels half-baked and meaningless.I don’t mean to bring damnation down upon this one; I enjoyed watching it, up to a point, but in my opinion it doesn’t deserve the acclaim which it has received.
What is the film’s greatest strength? It’s visuals without a doubt.
Its greatest weakness? Now that would be the paper thin writing.
Would I see it again? I don’t feel any real need to be honest.
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