New in theatres this week is Gravity (PG-13), the latest from director Alfonso Cuaron.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock costar as astronauts who are stranded outside of their space shuttle after encountering space debris.
Ryan: The first truly great film of 2013 has arrived. Gravity is an astonishingly visually rich film that also captures the magic of watching a movie on the big screen. Cuaron also directed one of the best films of the past decade — the futuristic sci-fi drama Children of Men. And now with Gravity I would say that his status as a must-see filmmaker is secure. It is a very short list of directors (Kubrick, Spielberg, Scott and Cameron) that have produced multiple sci-fi films that transcend its genre. I would add Cuaron to that shortlist. Gravity is an immense achievement of not only visual storytelling but also of good old-fashioned movie storytelling as well.
Andy: It is a rare treat to have such a top notch film released in early October. The talent involved here suggests that Gravity would be a very good movie, and I feel comfortable saying that Gravity exceeded my expectations. For a movie to work with such limitations on the actors, you have to have two very convincing leads. Clooney and Bullock are two of the most likable stars in Hollywood, and covering them with space helmets does nothing to change that. They both excel here with very unconventional performances, spending the entire movie in zero-gravity environments.
Ryan: The optical flair of Gravity including Cuaron and company’s technical brilliance is on full display. Whether it is the opening 13 minute tracking shot or the breathtaking action of the debris scenes, the look and visual marvel of Gravity cannot be over-stated. But I would also say that the narrative themes the movie explores —loss, suffering and rebirth – ground the movie in a relatable manner. Like any great sci-fi film, Gravity entertains and engages.