Gravity – Review

The standout movie of this season has GOT to be Gravity, and my eagle eyes scored me an early screening *for Singapore* at GV Vivocity.

HOLY. SH*T. This is a good movie. The trailer says it all really, and there are many twists and turns that keep you constantly on the edge of your seat. Whilst it is doubtful that actual space travel entails… whatever this movie entails, the movie takes the movie going experience and just smashes it into a whole other level.

3D had its coming out party with Avatar, but this movie, is 3D’s graduation. Everything about it is beautiful, there is genuinely not one moment where you would go. HA that’s CGI, or HA that’s greenscreen. Everything in this movie looks stunningly perfect. From the stunning vistas, to the deep dark emptiness of night, this movie HAS to be seen in 3D. It’s never overplayed, but serves to immerse you fully in its majesty and beauty.

The acting on this film is stellar. With a startlingly spartan cast of 3, Sandra Bullock spends most of this movie alone, cocooned in her spacesuit. She does however, bring it. The dark intensity of a lost soul. the fear and terror of losing everything in space. The desperate scramble to survive when it seems like everything is conspiring to kill you. Every moment of this movie is focused solely on Sandra Bullock’s character and she delivers every shot with perfect clarity and often painstakingly transparent vulnerability. George Clooney also brings a good performance, though he is basically playing the same guy from every movie he’s been in since… whenever. A character who I love. But is starting to get a little repetitive.

Almost every review of this movie has been glowing and mine will be the same. Alfonso Cuaron has destroyed every other space movie ever made with his gentle and stunningly compelling piece, to which I say, Bravo.

6/5 Stars. I cannot recommend this movie enough.

 

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Ocean’s 13

Ok so most people would come into it thinking, Hmm, another sequel, Blah Blah Blah right? Well I came into it with a very positive mindset. Its George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and of course, Ol’ Matty Damon, who can’t seem to go wrong these days.

First, a quick summary. Danny Ocean’s (Clooney) pal, Ruben , gets screwed over by an evil SoB named Willy Bank. Yes. Willy. Bank. Sounds like a ED solving solution, but anyway, naturally revenge is on the books for our favourite anti-heroes, and the leaders of this plot, Ocean and Rusty (Pitt), pull the gang together for one mega heist: To divest Mr Bank of the millions taken in at his new er thingy shaped casino. Mr Bank and his… deprived PA Abigail Sponder are powerless to stop Danny and the gang, and the only thing we as an audience miss, is the explosive delights of Ms Julia Roberts’ Smile.

Ok, so review.

The movie is wonderful, a brilliantly conceived caper, with plenty of comic moments, well timed rejoinders, ill conceived madcap obstacles, and of course who can forget the tunnel digger from the French side of the Chunnel. The double entendres are not missing from this episode of Ocean’s adventures, and of course the sartorial delights that have been present since the very first movie are still alive and kicking. Danny Ocean even found time to poke fun at Mr. Pitt’s abundance of kids! There’re no lack of plot twists here, and certainly no lack of energy from the aging cast. The movie is a success simply because it doesn’t need to try too hard. It works, everything falling into place easily without too much coaxing of your tired brain.

One strange thing I observed in the theatre though, was that me and my friend, I’ll call him D, were probably the only ones really laughing in the whole theatre. I heard Chuckles, I heard Whispers, (probably questioning my sanity) but no outright guffaws. How bizarre, or is it just me? Ah well. I enjoyed it, and if you’re up for some light entertainment disguised in a sophisticated veneer of slick clothes, effective nasal aphrodisiacs, and witty repartee, you’ll definitely enjoy it too. If not, just go catch Shrek 3. I’m sure your 8 year old cousin and you’ll have something to talk about then.