Why Everyone Should See “Gravity”

Evan Fox


This Friday, Oct. 4, “Gravity” will be released in theaters. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space after a Kessler syndrome event destroys their spacecraft.

I have noticed that many people are brushing it aside because they do not believe such a simple premise can be interesting. Here are a few reasons why it will prove them wrong.

First, it is directed by Alfonso Cuarón. He is no stranger to creating intense, cinematic moments. This was apparent in “Children of Men”, and the trailers for “Gravity” show he is at the top of his game. Cuarón also directed “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which was the best reviewed movie in the series until the final installment.

Second, the film has two of the best actors available. Nobody is questioning Bullock and Clooney’s acting abilities. This film gives Clooney a chance to bring out his intensity, while Bullock continues to surprise by diversifying what roles she takes.

Third, to everyone who believes the movie cannot hold their attention, it is not the premise, but everything else that matters. The situation is just a means to an end. This film is about the spectacle of space. It is a disaster film done right, and it is a character study. This is about the characters’ journeys.

Also, the film is relatively streamlined, being only 90 minutes long. It gets the job done, without any unnecessary padding.

Finally, it has received universal acclaim on the festival circuit, with a 95 percent approval rating. It has been likened to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” in scale.

“I think it’s the best space photography ever done. I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time,” said James Cameron, director of “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

This film is something that should be experienced properly, in a theater. I would not miss the chance to see it as it should be seen.