Best Picture Breakdown: Gravity
POSTED: Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 10:14am
It's award season in Hollywood and one of the most sought after awards is an Oscar. This year several deserving figures have received nominations. From Leonardo DiCaprio's nomination for Best Actor, to the team of Gravity receiving a nomination for their achievement in visual effects. While these nominations are great, none are more coveted than that of Best Picture. Just a few years ago the Best Picture category increase from 5 nominations to 10, but was soon changed to where each year up to 10 films can receive a nomination. This year 9 films made the cut; American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Gravity provides true magic by giving us a glimpse of how beautiful and terrifying space can be.
The film tells about the struggle of two astronauts survival after debris from a destroyed satellite damages their ship, leaving them stranded just outside the Earth's atmosphere. Though that's not the most original plot line, it's how Gravity's director, Alfonso Cuarón, tells this story of survival that is captivating.
The film opens up beautifully with 3-D shots of George Clooney's character flying a jetpack around the space shuttle while Sandra Bullock's character, a mechanical engineer, works on the ship. This takes up the first 10 minutes of the movie, and is truly mesmerizing and peaceful.
Gravity then takes an intense turn when things start to go wrong, all the while staying visually graceful. This film does a lot of things well, but one that stands out is how Gravity is able to visually look flawless in the films most heart-stopping moments. You find yourself wanting to look away, but at the same time you're like, "ermahgerd it's beautiful."
Along with the look, the sound of the movie is great. Cuarón perfectly captures the muffled feeling of space. During the sequences, the only thing we hear is the voice and heavy breathing coming from the astronauts. By doing this, it genereats a claustrophobic environment that goes hand-in-hand with being stranded in space.
The acting throughout the film is great. George Clooney is the calm, cool, collected guy that he always is, but it's Sandra Bullock who really shines. Playing an astronaut is something that not many people saw her doing, but she was able to pull it off in style.
Another great thing about this movie is the fact that it had Ed Harris. He didn't do or contribute anything other than his voice, but it was such a nice little "ode to space movies," to see him play the same character he did in 1995's Apollo 13.
While this film is great, I believe the main award it deserves is Best Achievement in Visual Effects. The look of this film is unmatched, but the overall story isn't as strong as other films up for Best Picture.