I don’t do too many movie reviews here, but after viewing this gem of a film, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my feelings. Gravity, as I’m sure you’re aware, has been nominated for 10 Oscars. In my head, this should be an indication of an excellent film. Bonus: it’s only an hour and a half long. A movie of reasonable length that has been nominated for numerous awards – how could this go wrong?
I imagine that Gravity may have been a lot more impressive in theaters, because the real star of this film is the special effects. The scenes of space are admittedly breathtaking, and large portions of the film are dedicated to their perceived brilliance. For instance, when Ryan (Bullock) makes it safely inside some sort of space vessel, she quickly strips off her space gear and just rotates for a while in her undies and wife beater. Here, viewers are meant to oooh and ahh at this cinematic trick. Look at her spin. And look some more. Ok, enough spinning, she’s been three minutes and I’m bored.
That’s pretty much the format for the entirety of Gravity. Brief plot point. Terrible dialogue. Time to marvel at the view. Wash, rinse, repeat. Don’t get me wrong – Sandra Bullock is great at panting in space and weightless floating in boy shorts, but that’s about the extent of her acting capacity. Moreover, the plot was clearly neglected in favor of the effects. In a nutshell, some people go into space to fix something, something goes wrong, everyone dies except Ryan, and Ryan has to make it home. Along the way, Ryan mourns her dead daughter and hallucinates about George Clooney. Cue the inspirational soundtrack.
There is nothing exceptional about Gravity, which is why I’m a bit confused regarding the plethora of accolades surrounding this film. Again, the special effects are pretty neat, but at some point, the story needs to be equally compelling to keep the audience engaged. Sadly, that never happens here. If you’re set on watching an Oscar nominated film, watch Dallas Buyers Club; as I didn’t review it here, clearly I didn’t have anything bad to say about it.