Believe it or not, when I first saw the trailer for Gravity, I absolutely did not want to see it. Yes, it’s directed by the same director as one of my favorite movies. Yes, I like Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Yes, it looked beautiful. But it also looked horrifying beyond belief. Space movies and water/boat movies scare me for the same reasons: both of those environments tend to be pretty hopeless if something goes wrong. Despite this, one of my favorite short stories is Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidoscope.” It’s not my favorite because I enjoy reading it, because it’s so incredibly stressful. But it’s one of my favorites because it had a huge impact on me and was one of the most unforgettable stories I’ve ever read. But, it’s (basically) about an astronaut floating helplessly, untethered to anything, through space. It doesn’t end well. Gravity looked like it might be pretty similar and I didn’t know if I could handle it. But then, the more trailers I saw, and the more I heard of people loving it, the more I came to realize that I just need to trust Alfonso Cuarón. Because even though Children of Men can be so stressful it makes me wonder why I like it sometimes, in the end it’s an incredible experience. And Gravity is the same.
Surprisingly, though, Gravity wasn’t quite as stressful as I thought it would be, but maybe because of what I was comparing it to. And the thing that struck me the most was how much I identified with Ryan (Sandra Bullock). Chris even thought she reminded him of me. I’m not trying to say I’m a rocket scientist, but her reactions and what she did were so realistic to me that I could practically see myself doing them in the same situation.
On a side note, I’ve never seen The Blind Side because it looked totally stupid and I always thought that Sandra Bullock’s Oscar for it was maybe given to her because Hollywood felt like they owed her and maybe she wouldn’t get another chance. But Gravity totally proves that wrong. I really hope she gets nominated for this, because I’ve always liked Sandra Bullock but her performance here was really definitive in how good it was.
On a second side note, we thought about seeing this in 3D but ultimately decided on 2D and I’m so glad we did. While I’m sure it looked beautiful in 3D, if you’re at all susceptible to 3D-movie-induced-motion-sickness (like myself), I would not recommend seeing Gravity in 3D. There’s a whole lot of first-person perspective spinning, and I would not have been able to get through it.
I’m so glad we got to see this in theaters. This movie was badass! A few months ago we saw Children of Men and I had forgotten how much I love Alfonso Cuarón and that I have to see everything he puts out from now on.
I can’t really say that I’m a Sandra Bullock fan but she completely changed my mind after this. She was so fucking awesome! Her character was so realistic. Her character actually reminded me a lot of Elizabeth. I don’t want it to happen of course but I can see Elizabeth reacting the same way throughout the film.
Also, I really liked George Clooney. He’s someone I like but it’s hard for me to see past his George Clooneyness and I think the character he played in this was funny and interesting. Especially when shit started to go down.