Short review. No spoilers.
3D cinema has had a recent renaissance, but to date I’ve only seen one film in 3D, (Captain America) which although a fun cinema experience did not really need that 3D sheen. Does any film?
Gravity may well be a game changer for the format. I’m suggesting Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers In Arms’ and what that did for the CD market – or what The Matrix did for the DVD format.
Go and see Gravity, in 3D, at a cinema. It’s a simple as that really. Jaw dropping scenes of breathtaking beauty. Unlike a lot of recent action movies with maxed out CGI, whilst watching Gravity one gives up trying to fathom out how the film is shot and happily goes along with the thrill ride, and that is what a cinema experience should be about. Get lost in the film. Be in awe. Escape.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are both very adequate in the film. In an ideal world the film would have unknown actors to help with the immersive experience, or to stop one examining plastic surgery detail in 3D HD – I realise a film of this cost and scale needs ‘big names’. There are a few scenes of a lone person speaking out loud explaining what they are feeling, etc. This too could be lost in favour of the viewer’s imagination / intelligence and putting them viewer in the situation. More Koyaanisqatsi and less Hollywood would be a dream for Gravity. This said the movie is a very unique cinematic experience where sound and vision assault ones senses to attraction park thrill ride levels.
Go see it. At the cinema. In 3D…