Movie Title: Gravity
Date Released: October 4th, 2013
Date Seen: November 17th, 2013
Seen with: Dad for his birthday
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I had no desire to see this movie, but my dad wanted to see it so I took him for his birthday. I went in there expecting to be surprised, since so many people have liked this movie and the reviews have been so good. I also was interested to see what my dad, who wanted to see the movie, would have to say.
Long story short – I didn’t like it (not surprised) nor did my dad. Usually, despite the fact that I don’t like a movie, I can see why other people liked it. Other than the pretty visuals this movie had, I didn’t think it had a lot going for it. The main character, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), is dumb. She makes dumb decision after dumb decision and can’t follow directions very well. Yes, it is a very stressful situation, you know, the fear of dying, but be smart woman! I didn’t want to see the movie because I figured it would be a lot of listening to Sandra Bullock breathe heavily and cry a lot, and I was pretty right. I just couldn’t sympathize with her character after she kept making all the dumb decisions, while Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), the experienced astronaut who clearly knew what he was doing, was there. I just wanted to watch him and see what he was doing, not care about miss dumb decisions.
The physics of the movie – were annoying. If the people that made the movie hadn’t spouted off about how “great” they did and how true to real physics they stayed, it wouldn’t bother me as much. But since I knew they were spitting out that it would be so accurate, of course I had to check and see. I found one article I really liked, here, from an actual astronaut, who explains things in pretty simpleton terms. It is sort of spoilery, though, so be careful. I know that’s not REALLY what the movie is about, but since the movie is more realistic than other space movies (say, Star Trek for an easy example), I wasn’t suspending belief as hard, so these types of things bothered me. My dad kept leaning over saying “Oh no, that’s way wrong. Oh no that’s off…” etc. etc.
But, the things I did enjoy – I liked the visuals, they were very well done. There are a lot of scenes that are solely digitally created (obviously), that were stunning. The crash scenes were pretty cool too, I liked those a lot. I liked how the movie kept the idea that there is no true UP in space, with the people never really having a true up/down direction, nor the camera even. It gave the viewer a sense of the weightlessness that other movies in space do not have.
The plot was alright, nothing surprising, it’s exactly what you think it is. Something happens, they have to try to save themselves. Disastrous event after disastrous event. There are some moments of symbolism in the movie that were so blatantly obvious, it was gross. At one point, Ryan is floating, sort of asleep, into a fetal position, in the airlock of a ship, and a cord is behind her right where an umbilical cord would be. Come on, really? Just stop. The symbols I did enjoy were the things the astronauts had that reminded them of home. A picture, a prayer, a buddah statue, etc. Those were nice little touches. But back to the plot – it just seemed so basic that I wasn’t really engaged. I’ve heard people say it was super tense and that they were on the edge of their seat the whole time…. I certainly wasn’t. It just wasn’t my kind of movie.
I’d say skip this movie, because it’s boring, and Sandra Bullock’s character is annoying. But it is pretty, at the very least.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There’s a synopsis here. It looks short, but, that is because nothing really happens in the movie, so don’t be alarmed.
That synopsis, and a few other reviews, have touched on the fact that maybe Ryan is dead, didn’t make it, and the end is all a dream. I don’t think that – because there’s nothing in the movie to suggest that at all. The whole movie has been very realistic, the director and producers commented on the realistic physics of it, etc. so therefor, I don’t think it’s a dream, and that Ryan is really dead. I think it’s just audiences that have come to always expect a twist, that “OH IT’S A LIE SHE REALLY DIED IN THE VERY BEGINNING” or ‘THE TOP KEEPS SPINNING HE’S STILL IN A DREAM!” type thing. No, this was not a movie that had that type of twist so that theory is just completely out the window, in my mind.
Other than the nice visuals this movie had, it did nothing for me. I found it boring, didn’t keep me engaged, no tension, and was just a disappointment.