Ever since I watched both Bird Box and Roma, I’ve had my doubts about both actress Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuaron. I re-watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to solidify my appreciation for Cuaron’s work, however I struggled with Bullock. What better way to give her a second chance than by watching Gravity, which many have considered either the best movie to have ever been made or just an alright space flick.
I’m in the second category for this one, as I found Gravity to be just okay. It’s a fine movie, well made and structured with some competent performances, but not much else. Cuaron’s direction is definitely the centrepiece of the movie with consistently enjoyable visuals throughout. His use of general cinematography is always an enjoyable approach; however, it doesn’t make up for the lack of gravity that Gravity has. See what I did there?
Seriously though, my main problem with Gravity is the performance of Sandra Bullock. I never found her to be an interesting performer, not just in Bird Box but the likes of Minions and The Prince of Egypt aren’t the best viewing experiences. Those are the only four Bullock movies I’ve seen actually, which really does explain why I don’t believe her to be the strongest of performers.
Somehow Ed Harris is in this. It’s a voice only role, but it was nice to at least hear him in something that wasn’t The Truman Show as that’s really his only memorable role for me.
Even George Clooney struggles here. Clooney is a superb performer most of the time, and his performance as the charismatic and calm Lt. Matt Kowalski is surprisingly one of his better, modern outputs. Although not his most memorable, Kowalski as a character really shines through and adds that layer of realism the film had desperately clutched for during its enjoyably short runtime.
Gravity is a “must watch” movie in the sense that watching it once would satisfy most audiences. I can’t say I’d ever want to go back and re-watch Gravity. For all my praise for shorter movies, Gravity feels as if it’s too short to tell its story, whatever that may be. Alternative watches this include the incredible The Martian, along with Space Buddies and Interstellar.