Gravity (2013)

For much of last year I was excited for the release of Gravity. When previewers started to go berserk for Alfonso Cuarón's 7-time Oscar winner, I knew it was the must-see film of the year. But, there was just one hitch, the girlfriend wasn't keen.

Fortunately, I was rescued at the ninth hour by a work colleague and was still able to see the masterpiece in its cinematic 3D glory. I picked up the Blu-ray a couple of weeks ago and after watching it again this morning, I remembered why I absolutely loved it.

It isn't the storyline which makes Gravity. In this department it is simpler than Bambi. Two astronauts (George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) become stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed by rogue satellite debris. The film simply observes their struggle to make it back to earth from a sometimes-too-real third or first person perspective. Cuarón ensures you remember that in space, no-one hears you scream.

The film could easily have been called Stranded or Lost in Space. It is with great credit to Cuarón that he named it after the one thing that we all take for granted but find ourselves lost when it is completely absent. Without gravity, humanity, regardless of how well qualified, is just aimlessly floating around, lost without mother nature.

Despite the fact that neither you nor I are astronauts, it is a piece of cake to get straight into the mindset of the protagonists. As Bullock unscrews a bolt and discards it through inexperience ("it would have just fallen on the floor") it would have been completely lost without the experience of Clooney on his last space walk. Even the start of the film, with the earth inverted in the background, makes you realise that everything you know needs to be discarded before watching the film.

The symbolism is by far the most remarkable aspect of Gravity - even ahead of the 90% of the film which comprises solely of special effects. On more than one occasion, Cuarón slows down the pace to reflect on humanity's infancy in space and takes a look back at our evolution from sea dwelling bacteria to naive space explorers.

If you haven't seen Gravity then you should. Make it your film to watch in 2014. Rest assured, the girlfriend will be educated soon.


  1. I was just thinking, you haven't posted in a while. And lo, there you are. I haven't seen Gravity yet, but I was equally excited about it for much of last year.

  2. Good to have you back, Ed. I absolutely adored Gravity, so much so that I haven't stopped singing its praises till today.


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