Gravity is one of those movies that I was already interested in seeing it, but hearing people constantly talk about how I “NEEDED” to see it, turned me off from actually seeing it. I wasn’t boycotting it, I’m not that big of a dick, but I knew I would probably end up waiting for the Blu-ray, so that I could see it on my own terms. The theatrical run came and went, and shockingly, people never shut up about it. Granted, that could have something to do with the Oscar nomination buzz, but still. When the review copy arrived, I finally sat down to take this one in. Unfortunately, I was only supplied with a 2D Blu-ray for review, so a lot of things I will not even make mention of, because I probably didn’t see them. Yes, seeing this film in 2D does hinder the impact that the overall product will have on a person. And, yes, this is the first time I will admit that the 3D gimmick was used in a way that actually elevates the quality of the film that would have existed otherwise. If you’re reading this before purchasing your copy of the film, and have the means to play 3D Blu-rays, please take my advice and purchase the 3D Blu-ray for a few bucks more. It is the way the film was meant to be seen.
As mentioned above, I was only supplied with a 2D Blu-ray of the film, so that I feel as if some of the film’s impact was lost on me. Having said that, Gravity is still a phenomenal piece of entertainment. For what it is, I’d wager to say it was one of the most engrossing “mainstream” films I have seen for quite a while. The basic gist of the story, is that a medical engineer, played by Sandra Bullock, accompanies a group of astronauts, including Matt Kowalski, played by George Clooney, as they update/repair a satellite system. Debris from another satellite that was blasted out of space approaches their convoy, eventually destroying the ship, the crew, and leaving Bullock and Clooney’s character stranded, floating in space. Gravity is proof that not only can you do a lot with a small cast, but it is also proof to the purists that constantly bash any and all usage of CGI, that CGI can be used to an impressive extent, when handled correctly. When perusing the behind-the-scenes footage supplied for the viewer on the disc, which are immense, in case you were wondering, damn near the entirety of this movie is at least partial CGI. Everything but the actors faces is at least enhanced digitally, if not fully comprised of the art style. Don’t get me wrong, I am no fan of dodgy computer generated effects, and I’m of the mind that there is almost no excuse to utilize CGI for blood splatter, but Gravity puts it in the proverbial pipes of all that automatically condemn a film for usage of CGI, and demands that they smoke it.
Gravity is going to have its detractors, certainly, because it was an immensely popular film. Some people absolutely refuse to award any credit to films that they don’t feel as if they have dug them out of obscurity, but take my word for it, whatever that is worth for you, Gravity is one film that most certainly lives up to the hype, even for a holdout like myself. The story is simplistic, yet impressive, and the performances are all top notch. Bullock, who spends most of the film with nothing but herself to play off of does an extremely convincing job at bringing her character to life, even despite the fact that there was very little in the way of visuals to react to while filming. And, George Clooney does his absolute best George Clooney impression. What impressed me most was, watching the behind-the-scenes footage, at just how mapped out this film actually was before it shot. Director Alfonso Cuaron knew exactly what he wanted to bring to the screen when he co-wrote the film with his son, Jonas. The original storyboards, when compared to the final product, are spot-on. Often times, especially working with legendary actors, I enjoy that a director has the gift of allowing actors to add to their roles what they will, in the form of improvisation. However, in this situation, I’m glad that what we see is exactly what was written. And, it is extremely impressive of the director to have been able to stay so true to his original vision. Gravity is a must-see, for any fans of solid cinema. I guess I’ve just become one of the podpeople. If you take anything at all away from me squawking and pointing my finger at you in order to identify you as a normie to the rest of my podpeople pals, make sure it’s that you purchase the 3D Blu-ray above the 2D set, even though it’s a few bucks more expensive. If you have the capability, Gravity might just be the first movie to justify your 3DTV/Player purchase.