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Gravity – The Best Movie Of 2013

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The first thing that crossed my mind as the credits rolled for Gravity was “That was the best movie that has come out in 2013”. There are a good number of films that I either have not seen or have not come out yet which I feel will be better, specifically 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf Of Wall Street, however until then Gravity has top honours for me. Sitting in the theatre I couldn’t help but feel I was witnessing a landmark in film as a craft. As a fan of film making as a process I cannot even comprehend how Alfonso Cuarón managed to pull this film off but he did and he did it spectacularly. 

Now with all that being said I need to ground your expectations before they spiral out of control, much like Sandra Bullock did … in Gravity … the awesome film I just watched. Firstly It is not the most captivating story of all time. Expect no major plot twists, goose bump inducing performances or  razor sharp dialogue. There are dozens of movies which supply these in spades every year but this is not one of them nor should we expect that from it. Even for a film which tries to keep itself as grounded in reality as possible you will still need to suspend your belief. If you come out of it saying “Well there’s no way this .. or there’s no way that …” you have let yourself get in the way of a great film. Most of all if you go see this movie in 2D you have only yourself to blame if you don’t enjoy it. This is not a movie 3D makes a little cooler, it is essential. If you don’t go see it in 3d there is no point in going at all. I repeat SEE GRAVITY IN 3D OR DON’T GO AT ALL.

That may have seemed like a lot for me to prepare you with but if you keep that frame of mind Gravity WILL blow you away. I know it’s cliche but this is literally edge of your seat action, as in I spent most of the 90 minutes sitting at the edge of my seat which mind you is not very comfortable. It is the most engaged I have ever been for the entirety of a film. The majority of us will never come closer to being in space then you will watching Gravity and afterward you will thank god for that. I recommend anyone and everyone to go see Gravity (in Imax if possible) before it leaves cinemas. It is one of those films that comes along rarely like Avatar or Titanic that is just an event film that everyone should see in the cinema. It is one small step forward for film as a medium, one giant leap backwards for NASA and their recruiting efforts.

Movie Rating: 9/10

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  1. Hmm, I’m not so sure John. An amazing technical feat no doubt – it has the look and feel of something utterly new – but as a ‘film’ (or, more pretentiously, a ‘work of art’) I found it extremely dull. Seems the hype is due to critics being prepared to forgive the awful dialogue, cliched characters, Hollywood sentimentality and shallowness of it all just because it’s an intense cinematic ‘experience’.

    I’m less forgiving, but then again I possibly need to lighten up a bit.

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