Movie Review: Gravity

Jean-Paul’s Rating: 5/5 stars

Bottom Line: Go see this movie.  Go see it now!

There is a theory as to why we haven’t been visited by being from another planet.  It goes something like this: When an intelligent species first makes its way into space, they so pollute their orbit with debris that it ends up making space travel impossible thus dooming them to life on one planet.  Something tells me that the idea for “Gravity” came from that premise.

“Gravity” is an absolute visual and aural feast for the mind.  There are times when so much is happening that you can barely breathe.  The soundtrack is pitch perfect always.  As if seeing someone twirling out of control isn’t panic inducing enough, the music gives it that extra oomph to really get your heart into your throat.  But at the same time, you can not help but be in awe of the majesty of the backdrop they find themselves in.  Fear and awe come together like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

The science in this movie is pretty solid as far as I can tell.  Things move like they should move in microgravity.  I thought that maybe Earth was rotating a bit slowly in some of the backdrops, but it was hard to say for certain given the various angles that were used to terrific effect.  I do wonder if the space suits could have taken some of the abuse they did.  There was also a bit of overuse of the decompressing airlock popping open leaving the astronaut to hang on to the hatch for dear life which I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be able to do in a space suit.  And I don’t remember for sure, being so much in awe as to what was going on, but I believe the space shuttle post-accident was not spinning nearly as much as it should be.

This is as close to a perfect movie as you can get.  Every little element creates a depth and immersion that you don’t get to see very often on the silver screen.  Even the hour and a half runtime was absolutely perfect.  I would see this movie in the theater again and I don’t say that very often.