First of all, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts – they’ve built up quite a bit and life’s been a bit hectic the last couple of weeks, mostly with work. Whilst I hold down the Blonde & Brunette fort, Kat is busy training to be a teacher, and does apologise for her absence. Hopefully we’ll both be back up to full speed soon – for now though…
Earlier this month I went to watch the movie Gravity directed by acclaimed visual director Alfonso Cuarón. I saw this movie previewed at Comic-Con and since then I’ve wanted to see it; starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it’s 90 minutes of them and space. To some it may appear boring, but to me it was tense, powerful and breath-taking to watch.
Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) enters space on a mission after six month intense NASA training, and after the first 10 minutes it all goes horribly wrong when debris from a crash crashes into their shuttle and sends Stone and her space lead astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) battle for survival, drifting through space. Whilst the film is pretty much devoted to these two actors, Bullock is in about 95% of the film, carrying it beautifully and this film is really about her character.
First of all, Bullock and Clooney work wonderfully together; there’s a lovely chemistry between these two characters, and the two actors have been friends for years. Even though we don’t find out much about Clooney’s character, we warm to him instantly, due to his charisma, charm and his stories, gaining a number of laughs from the audience. You imagine his character to be potentially what Clooney is like in real life, but with more ego-faced humour such as when he states “I know it’s difficult to stop looking at me”.
Sandra Bullock however steals the show and gives a beautiful performance Ryan Stone; her character is drifting through life affected by the sudden death of her daughter. She comes to space to escape the life she now had – her description of her daily life sounds as if she’s merely existing, rather than living. Whilst Stone starts off as someone existing, by the end she’s fighting for her life to survive. It’s a powerful metaphor of the rebirth of someone’s life.
Cuarón also creates a film that visually, is beautifully stunning – you could sense the loneliness leap off-screen but also the utter peace and tranquillity it could bring. The visuals of space are so realistic and the intensity of the situation that the two characters are in – drifting, lost in space with no one to hear them but themselves – is a striking situation to be in.
The film has award season contender written all over it, particularly for Bullock who gives a breathtaking performance as Ryan Stone. You leave the cinema feeling inspired and exhausted after the intense visual experience.
Matt: Is there someone down there, looking up thinking about you?
Ryan: I had a daughter. (Gravity)