Andy: The real star of this film is Alfonso Cuaron, whose vision and attention to detail is on full display here. The opening sequence that seamlessly follows three astronauts as they space walk around their shuttle, meandering from one to the next while giving stunning views of earth and artfully placed reflections off of the glass space helmets, is stunning. To put together such a beautiful and intricate film that is visually compelling while telling a gripping story is a true achievement that will likely be recognized when the Oscar nominations are announced.
Ryan: One of the other strengths of Gravity is not just Sandra Bullock’s lead performance but the fact that a female leads the movie. Very few sci-fi films showcase such a strong performance by a woman. And Bullock delivers her best performance of her illustrious career. I felt like there was a noteworthy feminine motif that permeated throughout the film and Bullock along with Cuaron’s daft direction delivers a classic sci-fi film with an empowering feminine message.
Gravity already feels like a quintessential film.
Final grade: A-.