Stratospherically thrilling; ethereal engineering, brilliant writing, astounding acting, gift audiences a visual, visceral extravaganza worthy of the highest accolades; ninety minutes of terrifying isolation, profound silence, crippling suspense, celestial, stunning beauty.
Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron (father/son) with awe- inspiring genius wrote and directed “Gravity”; aided by the Olympian skills of cinematographer, Emanuel Lubezki, “Gravity” outshines any space movie ever to grace the screen; embraced by a world kissed by the blessed few; verifying the presence of a higher power.
In recent years the romance, allure and mystique of the “cosmic age” has waned; scientists have dissected Isaac Newton’s and Albert Einstein’s theories of relativity; bending of space time, attraction of masses; movies have contributed to diminished interest: “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “The Right Stuff”, “Alien” ; “been there, seen that” lackluster mentality; even the remarkable “eye” of the Hubble Telescope, launched in 1990 and its Deep Field discovery of over three thousand galaxies, has lost the shimmer of inspiration.“Gravity” will change one’s perception of “space” and those who float amongst its limitless parameters.
Sandra Bullock as astronaut/scientist “Dr. Ryan Stone” surpasses all expectations; she is stupendous as a woman of superior talents; a survivor of devastation, a metaphor for the strongest steel refined, defined by the hottest flame. Unfathomable, physical stamina and training demanded by the role, garnishes monumental respect and colossal admiration.
George Clooney (his voice informed by the divine) as mission commander “Matt Kowalski” is masterful in coating with levity the most horrifying predicaments; even a space suit could not veil his glorious countenance.
“Gravity” erases the boundaries between outer space and earth; disasters are ubiquitous, inevitable, fated, testing one’s capabilities, endurance; survival instincts are innate, entombed deep in one’s psyche; the overwhelming will to live will flay insurmountable odds.
“Gravity” is a luminous “Odyssey” of such majesty, power, that with multiple viewings, another portion of one’s understanding, wisdom will be unmasked.