Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" and Why It Might Be This Year's Best Film

Sep 29, 2013
Alfonso Cuaron has made a chunk of great films in the past decade. And when I mean great, those films still lingers on my perception of seeing movies today. Timeless movies, I must say. 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' might be too sexual and controversial, but that film delivers one of a hell storyline that definitely delivers. It's one of those coming-of-age dramas that are meant to be seen over and over to embrace its abundance. His next film is a childhood favorite of mine and I thought is the best 'Harry Potter' films out of the franchise. I guess you'd probably know what I'm pointing at, it's 'Prisoner of Azkaban'. Cuaron goes for a rather darker tone to the whole franchise that ultimately made David Yates continue to grasp on the later films. The tracking shots of the film alone made me at awe, and Cuaron had made a hit in that one. And his previous film 'Children of Men' takes us where no other director had taken us before. Cuaron enfolds his directing skills to show us the different and disturbing side of the future. It became an instant favorite of mine due to the masterful work of Cuaron and one amazing long-shot inside a minivan.
Being a fan of "The" Alfonso Cuaron and his amazing films, there's no doubt that this year's GRAVITY might potentially become great the same way. Critics are currently going nuts over this film, including famous personalities like James Cameron and Darren Aronofsky. It might also have potential in winning awards, most likely on the technical aspect and Best Actress nod for Bullock. So, I put up a list of remarks explaining why this film will be 2013's best.

1) Because James Cameron calls it "The Best Space Film"
Director James Cameron is not a newbie when it comes to sci-fi. He directed hefty sci-fi films in the past including "Terminator 2: Judgement Day", "Avatar" and "Aliens", which made a good name out of it. And in a recent review of his, he called GRAVITY "the best space film ever done". Very rare for someone as Cameron to give such high praises for a movie.

“The best space film ever done”, “The movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time”

2) Technology used is nothing like we never seen before
Movies like "Transformers" sure had some breathtaking effects but the substance absolutely makes no sense. Alfonso Cuaron is pushing the envelope with the technical effects of the film and says he is making boundaries the way Star Wars did from 1977 or 2001: A Space Odyssey in the 60s. Previous technical winners "Life Of Pi" and "Hugo" pulled off both technology and substance effectively, and they turned out to be one of the best films on the year it was released. GRAVITY had been praised for its incredible special effects sequences that are said to capture the realm of space productively.

3) It is in 3D
I know, I know that's a lame reason to call this film the year's best because it is in 3D. Avatar had been universally anticipated way back in 2009 because Cameron pits the cutting edge 3D technology for his film. And everyone was surprised to know that the 3D doesn't look a gimmick as it used to be, but in fact added to the immersive aspect of the movie. Early screening attendants says it was the most immersive movie experience they had in a very long time, and that the 3D added so much to the film. A movie I mentioned earlier "Hugo" fits so much with the third dimension, the same GRAVITY is, again turned out to be the best film of 2012.

4) Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
I heard Clooney had some relatively small screen time in the film, but Sandra Bullock is being praised from the reviews. From the synopsis I read quote, "A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space." So that means there's no one to actually look out for except these two amazing actors for the rest of the movie. And most moviegoers are baffling because they expect Bullock breathing through her oxygen for 90 minutes. An interesting thing happened to James Franco in the amazing "127 Hours" being stuck in a mountain rock, but he ended up getting his first Oscar Best Actor nod. Could Bullock, or maybe Clooney go the same direction?

5) The reviews 
Critics are now raving on this film. And if you're someone like me who only see movies depending on a critic's subjective, you might expect a bit high from this one. I have read many things about the movie, and responses are all positive. Its Award rivals 12 Years A Slave and Prisoners had the same feedbacks but since previous Oscar best pictures like Argo and The Hurt Locker are drama-thrillers, and GRAVITY is the same thing (plus it is complete original film), who knows it might bag the big award next year.

Advance tickets are now being sold in select theaters, so grab yours now before it will sold out.

GRAVITY is showing this Thursday, October 3 in 2D, Digital 3D and IMAX 3D in cinemas nationwide.
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