Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity is approaching release. Cuaron’s latest piece of sci-fi has been getting hailed as one of the best films of the year and one of the very best science fiction/space films of all-time. Some are still doubting the director’s latest, due to its minimalistic plot, repetitive TV spots/trailers and lack of mainstream appeal. But I’m here to give you five reasons why you should be excited for the director’s latest film and why you shouldn’t worry about a thing.
5. His Previous Work
Alfonso Cuaron doesn’t have a huge filmography. He picks his projects wisely and because of that he usually turns out high quality pictures that benefit highly from his careful eye. His last two films, Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, are two perfect examples of why we should entrust in the director and at the very least give him the benefit of the doubt.
Children of Men is one of the very best science fiction films, ever. Cuaron both wrote and directed a gripping post-apocalyptic tale that’s fully explained, realized and delivered. It’s too often that directors come to the table with original ideas and somehow things get lost in the process over at the studios. Yet somehow here Cuaron managed to deliver his complete vision, without a single shot feeling like a forced decision by some big wig executive.
Children of Men isn’t only an important film with a powerful message, but it’s also incredibly acted and well-shot. Cuaron is known for his camerawork and Children of Men features one of the best one-shot sequences ever conceived in front of a camera. The way Cuaron’s camera flows so elegantly and smoothly is something that should be impressive from a technical standpoint and a viewing standpoint. It truly adds to the magic of the overall experience that the film delivers and makes for something very memorable.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is arguably the very best Harry Potter film and I’m willing to wager that a big factor in that praise is because of Mr. Cuaron. Sure, the material itself is strong in its own right, but Cuaron managed to bring a certain level of class and maturity to the Harry Potter series that no other director managed to top or even come close to.
Cuaron’s ability to balance out the dark and mature elements and themes of the HP series with the hope and positivity is unmatched and perfect in Azkaban. The later installments proved to be much more wobbly, not to mention Cuaron’s use of up-close tracking shots that also give the film a technical advantage over later (and earlier) HP films.
The point I’m trying to prove is that if Gravity is only half as good as his two previous films, then it’ll still be a very good film.
4. George Clooney & Sandra Bullock
It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest Sandra Bullock fan. But she’s managed to impress when she operates outside of her comfort zone. The Heat was hilarious and half of that was due to her ability to play one half of a buddy cop duo. Gravity might just be one of her most challenging roles yet, because not only has she had to work mostly with a green screen, but also with only one primary actor, George Clooney.
This alone means that Bullock definitely had to physically and mentally prepare for the role, with the added pressure from her co-star and director. I have no doubts that Bullock will deliver a performance that most will deem the best of her career.
George Clooney is no stranger to complicated projects that require a high amount of talent and skill. He’s also no stranger to Oscar gold. I consider Clooney one of the finest American actors in the business and I don’t see Gravity being a sudden dip in quality for him. If anything, this film will act as yet another reminder as to why most really enjoy his work.
3. The Special Effects/Technical Aspects
I know that a film is all about its story and characters, but sometimes the technical aspects take over. Michael Bay‘s Transformers films aren’t good quality films, but they’re beautiful to look at and damn impressive for those looking to work in the special effects field.
Gravity has been praised for its incredible special effects sequences that are apparently some of the most realistic in terms of capturing the real look and feel of space. This, plus Cuaron’s trademark lengthy one-take shots make Gravity something of a technical landmark before one even considers the film’s more important factors.
That’s not to say that the story hasn’t been praised either. Gravity has been called tense and gripping, which makes the film itself a work of art and the special effects just added layers of enjoyment.
Gravity could end up disappointing, but we already know going in that it’ll look fantastic and be one of the most immersive 3D space experiences yet.
2. Praise From Critics/Industry Leaders
I know most will take this one as a grain of salt, but sometimes it’s okay to base your excitement off of praise from critics and industry leaders. Yes, taste varies drastically and sometimes festival buzz is unfairly created depending on mood, atmosphere and those in attendance, but virtually every single person that has seen the film has praised it from head-to-toe.
And people aren’t just calling it good; they’re calling it amazing, game-changing and ground-breaking. These are words that one simply does not throw around for the heck of it.
Gravity truly does look like something ground-breaking for the science fiction genre and for the storytelling world of the film medium.
1. It’s Original Sci-Fi
Above all else the most important factor about Gravity is the fact that it’s an original piece of science fiction. It is not a sequel, prequel, adaptation or remake. It’s simply an original idea constructed from the scripting process and all the way up to the directing process by Alfonso Cuaron. This is another one of his babies and knowing that means that at the very least we won’t be watching something that we’ve already seen been done a hundred times before, but only with tweaked plot elements or characters.
Gravity is going to be fresh and original and it may challenge some viewers too much, while others will find something to love and discuss for years to come. There’s no doubt that Alfonso Cuaron has made something that just might attract some Oscar buzz, while also wowing the general public in the process.
Gravity is scheduled for a 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D release on October 4th, 2013. I’ve attached the latest trailer below.
Please, feel free to sound off in the comments section below with your pre-viewing thoughts on Gravity and why you’re excited/not excited about Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest.