Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón can rest easy now. The reviews are in from the Venice Film Festival where his new movie Gravity just premiered, and critics are heaping praise on the film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The A-list pair stars as a doctor and astronaut stranded in space. Previews at Comic-Con and early trailers showed some intense and downright terrifying footage of explosions (audible for the previews, silent in the film itself) and floating bodies.
The Playlist praised the sound design of the film and the effects, calling Gravity "technically perfect." It also gave a shout out to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and his "inspired" decisions. Variety pulled out the big guns and called Gravity "one of the most sophisticated and enveloping visions of space travel yet realized on-screen." In case you were worried about Bullock in a "serious" role, fear not. The website raves about her performance:
"Bullock inhabits the role with grave dignity and hints at Stone’s past scars with sensitivity and tact, and she holds the screen effortlessly once Gravity becomes a veritable one-woman show. In a performance that imposes extraordinary physical demands, the actress remains fully present emotionally, projecting a very appealing combo of vulnerability, intelligence and determination that not only wins us over immediately, but sustains attention all the way through the cathartic closing reels."
As HitFix sums it up: "It’s a role that at once requires a movie star, and requires her not to be one."
The Independent believes that "the plotting never quite matches its visual imagination," but "at its best, really does induce a sense of wonder." And the spectacle may be mesmerizing, but Empire mag reassures that Gravity is a "nonstop, no-nonsense" action flick. "It’s Speed in space. Hugely entertaining."
OK, guys. Take our money!
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