Thursday, 22 February 2018

Film: Lost In (Movie) Space. Gravity DVD Tip

I haven't done a film post in a while, so what better opportunity than to share a quick DVD review in today's post. Alfonso Cuarón was recently awarded an Oscar for his work Roma, which I've not seen yet, but I have watched some of his other films. Whilst I still think he ruined Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for me, his other children's book adaptation A Little Princess, one of his earlier movies, was full of magic and inspiration. 

After Harry Potter 3, Cuarón has been on the Academy's radar before for Gravity, a Sci-Fi thriller which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. In the film, first-time astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are thrown into the vast openness of space after an accident which involves a Russian satellite and the Hubble Telescope. Cut off from communication, their space shuttle destroyed and colleagues killed, they must survive the cold and isolated space environment.

Gravity boasts impressive design and stunning visuals and so it requires 3D to be fully appreciated. The acting by Bullock and Clooney is as expected solid and precise. Dense in the atmosphere, the excellent camera work takes the viewer to explore unusual never seen before perspectives in orbit.

The film captures the harsh and lonely nature of space magnificently. However, the visual set pieces distract the audience from having enough of a connection with the characters. Sadly, the characters stay two dimensional but have potential – something I think that Cuarón seems to have substituted for the special effects.

My concerns would be whether without 3D the film would have had such an impact, and could highlight why Sandra Bullock’s character only had six month’s training. A balance of character development and greater complexity of narrative would have provided a more complete film.

Thanks so much for reading, 
Till next time,

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