Gravity is the creation of Alfonso Cuarón, at the levels of direction, co-writing, co-producing and co-editing. His input throughout was therefore the factor which crafted the entire film, even from the very earliest stages. It is therefore he who should take the credit for this final product, above anyone else. Cuarón co-wrote the film with his son, Jonás and it was released at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in August 2013, having been developed by the Warner Brothers after the rights to the project were sold by Universal. Despite having not been 100% scientifically accurate throughout the whole film, it has been praised for its relative realism. As of November 21, 2013, Gravity has grossed a worldwide total of $535,797,604, on an initial $100 million budget.
The plot follows the story of Dr. Ryan Stone, following a disaster while on a mission in space. The principle roles in the film are Sandra Bullock, as Dr. Stone, and George Clooney as Lieutenant Matt Kowalski.
The complete lack of an introduction to the film is very effective, before the action kicks in. You are left wondering how the film will stand up as the main crisis happens so soon into the film but trust me, there is not a single point in the film where you will have anything but the absolute whitest of knuckles. From start to finish the film threatens to cause heart attack with every second of progress through the storyline. The production is perfect, displaying the absolute beauty of space, alongside its complete horror in perfect and cruel fusion. It is easy to associate this film with Avatar, as being purely effects with very little in the way of a story line, but in my opinion the story line is ideal as a first watch. It may be less good the second time around, as a huge amount of the tension will be lost which is one of the principle factors making the film so successful. However Sandra Bullock’s acting cannot be faulted, especially as there is such a huge focus on her throughout, it would be easy for her to falter but she doesn’t at any point. The silence also adds huge amounts to the film, especially in terms of tension and emotional strength. Honestly, unless you see it in 3D it isn’t worth seeing, it will ruin the whole experience. Much as I am arguing here that it isn’t the only thing making the film what it is, it is a huge influence upon it and for you to be fully immersed within this project, which you really need to be, 3D is required.
In conclusion, this is a work of cinematic art, the imagery, performances, effects, vision and general experience of this film come together to produce a hugely successful project. I very much recommend this but, as stated above, see it in 3D.