Synopsis: Two astronauts fight for survival after being left stranded in space after an accident.
Stan's thoughts: The trailer for this one blew me away and the hype built in the run up to its release date. So, expectations were high and I think ultimately the film was a victim of that.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy Gravity for many reasons. It is refreshing to see a film that is solely about two characters, something of a rarity and usually the preserve of theatre. Director Alfonso Cuaron has also done an amazing job giving a real sense of what it must feel like both to be in space but also be stranded in the vastness.
Gravity certainly oozes atmosphere but after you've seen the clip of Sandra Bullock spinning through space saying "Ahh! Ahh! Ahh! Ahh!" with each rotation her character, dare I say it, gets a little bit irritating. You'd think she'd get used to it after a while or was it a case that with little dialogue and a space helmet obscuring the face for chunks of the film its the best she could do acting-wise.
I don't think the character arcs were quiet enough to sustain the human plot thread or rather they were drowned out by the a to b to c survival story and the amazing visual effects. Yes I was on the edge of my seat at times and I did feel invested in the characters and their survival to a point but I did find my mind wandering to how particular bits were shot. *plot spoiler* And, I didn't get any great sense of "phew" at the end.
I'm nit-picking a little and I think that's entirely due to the fact that I had such high expectations. Gravity was really good but I didn't walk out thinking 'wow' as I had done when I saw the trailer.
- Stan's: 75%
- IMDB: 85%
- Metascore: 96%
- Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
- RT audience rating: 86%