Monday, 21 April 2014

Gravity - Phil's Five Words for Films

Gravity  Every now and then, a film comes along that raises the bar. 'Gravity' is that film. The special effects really are something special. It looks beautiful and the 3D version is full of depth, 'space' being the ideal setting. For me, there are a few issues with the story and characters but the spectacle more than outweighs the problems. As good as Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were, I thought their parts could have been played by any old person. George Clooney's impression of 'Buzz Lightyear' even detracted from some scenes and some of his 'actions' seemed out of character. ( email me for details!) Couple this with the fact that Sandra Bullock's character seemed to have had two days training before going on a space mission, ( manuals?), it left me feeling that there were a few holes in the film. The sound and vision picked up all the slack however and some scenes were truly breath taking, hyperventilation being a big part of the soundscape. If you are claustrophobic or have vertigo, this could well set you off and that is because it is filmed so beautifully. Heart-stopping visuals and sound carry the film through the weaker moments and leave you feeling like you are running low on oxygen. Stunning.

8.5 out of 10.
Cert 12A ( UK ).

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