My Top 10 Films of the 2010’s: #4 – “Gravity”

#10 “Logan”

#9 “The Wolf of Wall Street”

#8 “BlacKkKlansman”

#7 “Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood ”

#5 “Inside Out ”

#4 “Gravity”

Director: Alfonso Cauron

Release Date: 04 Oct 2013

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice)

Oscars: 10 nominations, 7 wins (Director, Editing, Cinematography, Score, Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects)

#2 Critically Acclaimed Movie of 2013, #9 of the decade so far

Favourite Line: Ryan Stone: “I hate space!”

Gravity had to be seen on the big screen, preferably in I-Max. I saw it three times in theatres, 2 regular one I-Max, and each time was a gut wrenching, exciting and visceral experience. I have since seen it on TV and its good, but lacks the punch of the theatrical experience.

It’s a brief 91 minutes and a perfect length. It following the story of a small group of astronauts who find themselves in the path of some space debris that destroys the International Space Station and leaves them, apparently, stranded. There is not much story, its more about the experience.

Gravity was almost never made. It went through numerous casting changes and had trouble securing financing. The end result was 7 Oscars and one of the highest grossing movies of 2013.

The film is anchored by Sandra Bullock’s career best performance. The opening scene of the movie is a dizzying 12 ½ minute tracking shot that required precise movement and choreography that was as physically demanding as anything you will see on the screen. Its great work and a role that 9 others passed on before her.

Gravity tells a simple, single story in close to real-time. Its compact running length is one of its great strengths. Running the film too long would have reduced its impact.

Gravity already sits in my Top 100 films (a revised list is coming out soon) and will remain there. I greatly admire the use of CGI to serve the story, Alfonso Cauron’s tenacity in stick with the project for 4.5 years and it ranks amongst the most impactful theatre experiences I have ever had.

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