Gravity – Encore Viewing (2013)


Gravity-mod“I know I’m devastatingly good looking but you gotta stop staring at me.” -Matt Kowalski

Number of Times Seen – 3 (9 Dec 2013, 11 Dec 2013  and 2 Feb 2014)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Two astronauts are stranded in space when their ship is destroyed.  They now must find a way to get back home.

My Take on it – It’s pretty rare that I would watch a movie 3 times in less than 2 months, but not every movie is as captivating and entertaining as this one.

I actually think that each time I watch this, I start to like it more and more.

Both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney prove that it is possible to construct a story with minimal characters and a “simple” plot and still keep the viewers enthralled for a full 90 minutes.

The two of them are all alone in this movie and we only hear the voices of a few other characters.

The special effects here are superb and this movie shows that it’s possible to tell a story in the vacuum of space using modern technology.  The effects seem so real that it’s very difficult to differentiate between what is real and what was done using effects.

Many detractors have condemned this movie on the basis that it’s just a sci-fi movie that utilizes special effects and modern techniques to show it’s realism.

I disagree, I think that this movie is able to tell a very entertaining and gripping tale of survival from one of the loneliest places man has ever visited…space.

I think that many of the award shows have gotten it right by giving this movie awards for its many amazing achievements.

Unfortunately, the one award that keeps alluding this film is Best Picture in many of those award shows.  The PGA got it right by giving this one BP (yes, it was tied with 12 years a Slave (2013), but even a tie here means a lot).

I think that this movie might get the momentum at the Oscars from all of voters in the categories that it was nominated for and take home that big prize because when looking at the movie as a whole, it is most definitely better than either American Hustle (2013) or 12 Years a Slave (2013).

It can’t be just a fluke that Director Alfonso Cuaron has been able to win so many awards, because a Director is only as good as the movie he is able to make.

I love the jab at Clooney from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes during their opening monlogue.  I was cracking up for hours afterwards.  Watch their opening here.

Bottom Line – Amazing movie with great special effects and a wonderful story of survival. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original reviews)

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14 thoughts on “Gravity – Encore Viewing (2013)

  1. Definitely a very good movie. I don’t think it better than 12 Years a Slave (I don’t think it even close), but it is very good. And will assuredly win the most Oscars of any flick. (It seems guaranteed wins in Cinematography, Visual Effects, both Sound award, and Score. Editing is probable as well. Director could well join them.)

    Though I’d be very surprised if it takes Picture. And I think, given the Academy’s preferences and history, Director is a toss up between Cuaron and McQueen. I personally think McQueen will win there, bucking the trend from the rest of the awards ceremonies. But we’ll see.

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    • I know it’s doubtful this will win BP, but I think Cuaron is a 99% lock for director. I don’t think McQueen has a chance 😦

      We’ll know 4 weeks from now what the verdict is 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting JJames

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      • We’ll see on Director. My thought is simple: 12 Years is the favorite for Adapted Screenplay and Picture. But naught else. It has a chance at Supporting Actress, but it is not the favorite. American Hustle is.

        And, of course, 12 Years is likely to lose the other categories for which it’s nominated, many of them to Gravity. Rarely does the Academy give Best Picture to something that only has one other win (in 12 Years’ case Screenplay being the likely victory).

        Plus, the Academy is going to recognize Gravity with a slew of other awards.

        Finally, they tend to acknowledge gritty historical dramas, and they often award Director and Picture to the same movie. For all of those reasons, I think McQueen has a better shot at the Oscar than the other ceremonies and guilds.

        (I recognize, of course, the possibility that the Academy surprises us by giving the Picture Oscar to a different film. But I think that less likely.)

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        • Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The problem with 12 years winning is that usually (not always) BP has the most nominations and is at least in the running for the most wins. Obviously it’s not rocket science, so you never know what will happen.

          I wouldn’t be devastated if 12 Years takes home the top award, but if American Hustle manages to get it I will be very disappointed in the Academy, because AH is a mediocre movie with 5 great acting parts whereas 12 years is a great movie with 1.5 strong performances and Gravity is an all around successful movie because it is technically superior to anything else this year and also has 1.5 excellent performances. I do think Clooney was very good here and was slightly surprised he didn’t at least get a best supporting nom (eventhough he wouldn’t have won anyway).

          I have a feeling this year Picture and Director will be a split.

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