Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
I’ve been kind of lucky with birthday presents from my best mate Stephen in the past three years. They’re usually three things of something I’m interested in. In 2016, it was ‘Batman Forever’, ‘Sgt. Bilko’ and ‘Fifth Element’. In 2017, it was ‘Blackadder’s Christmas Carol’, ‘The Mask’ and ‘Napoleon Dynamite’. For this year, I had three movies on DVD for my birthday from Stephen. I’m so lucky! :D.
So what were these three movies I had for my birthday from Stephen? Well, he described them each in turn. One was ‘good’, one was ‘very bad’ and one was ‘funny’. So I decided to go in that viewing order this year. The first of course was the ‘good’ one. (Pause) I suppose Stephen meant…‘Gravity’?
And before any of you judge me quickly, I actually did enjoy this movie. This was a sci-fi outer-space thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also directed ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney (who’s done so many movies…including ‘Batman & Robin’).
I was aware of this movie being previewed in late 2013/early 2014 on TV via news channels and Michael Kermode’s Film Review slots on BBC News 24. From watching the preview, it looked impressive especially with its outer space scenes. But that didn’t make me go to see it at the cinema.
Now that I have seen it, I can see why people rate it so highly. The film won a Golden Globe award for Best Director in 2014; received 11 BAFTA nominations and 10 Oscar nominations. All the same though, I don’t feel this film is really my cup of tea. Not that I’m saying it’s a bad film in any manner.
The film mostly takes place in outer space…as you would expect. In fact, it starts immediately in outer space with no proper introduction to the characters. Sandra Bullock stars as Dr. Ryan Stone (yeah I know, her first name’s a guy’s name, but it does get explained), who is this brilliant engineer.
Ryan is on her first shuttle mission with George Clooney as veteran astronaut Mark Kowalski. They’re doing a routine spacewalk for their shuttle mission until disaster strikes. The shuttle gets hit by debris in space and Stone and Kowalski are soon adrift. The two must find a way in order to survive.
Now the cinematography and style of this movie is very impressive as I’ve said before. It’s interesting how director Alfonso Cuarón depicts space compared to what I’ve seen in many sci-fi movies and TV shows. There’s no air in space and things can be very chaotic in an airless vacuum for our characters.
There is this sense of panic as ‘Gravity’ is clearly a disaster movie in space. There are plenty of thrills to see as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s characters struggle to survive and find a way to get back home on the planet Earth. There are some nice moments of character development in this film.
But still, I did get a sense that things were moving at a pretty slow pace. It wasn’t as action packed as you would expect, since this film is grounded in real outer-space science compared to sci-fi fantasy. Not that’s a bad thing, since it was good to see the reality of what outer-space travel is actually like.
Despite that, I couldn’t help but feel ‘when was this movie going to end?’ I hoped that our heroes would survive in this movie. Sadly one of them gets lost in space and that was George Clooney’s character. The film focuses a lot on Sandra Bullock’s character and how she’s feeling through events.
I was dismayed that George Clooney didn’t get to live by the end of this film, although there was one dream sequence Sandra Bullock had when he comes back. I hoped George Clooney had survived in that moment before it turned out to be dream. Shucks, how could this film fool us with a dream?! 😀
Fortunately Sandra Bullock’s character manages to survive, albeit in a heated crash-landing through Earth’s atmosphere. It was impressive how Sandra Bullock’s character coped without George Clooney’s character to guide her and some of those spaceship interior scenes were very impressive.
‘Gravity’ as a film is pretty impressive in terms of its visuals and it was nice to see Earth in outer-space. Some of those outer-space shots of Earth were beautifully filmed. Ultimately, ‘Gravity’ is not the kind of film I would enjoy again and again. But that’s okay, this was still fun to watch and I’m glad I saw this. I think it would be great to see this film on the big screen at the cinema compared to DVD.
Also Sandra Bullock and George Clooney deliver good performances as their characters in this film.
Well, now that I’ve seen the ‘good’ film Stephen gave me, let’s see what this…(sighs) ‘very bad’ film is like. Please pray for me out there! 😀
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!