Spectacular graphics - but everything else is awful
- Gravity review by RP
I saw 'Gravity' twice in 3D at the cinema, the second time on an evening out with friends. Frankly, having seen it once, seeing it a second time wasn't my choice.
Now here I am at home watching it for a third time, in 2D on a modest 40" screen and from a DVD copy rather than the higher resolution of Blu-ray. And my opinion hasn't changed.
'Gravity' has spectacular CGI special effects. I can only begin to imagine the huge amount of compute time required to generate the film. Seen on a big screen, the film is visually spectacular and the 3D effects do add something - unlike other films I've seen in 3D.
So, spectacular graphics - but everything else is awful. The physics is silly, the spaceflight sequences look good but are unrealistic, the script is truly dreadful, and the so-called 'acting' by big ticket names George Clooney and Sandra Bullock is embarrassing.
It's won 7 Oscars. That is impressive - but then other than Best Director you realise they're for cinematography, visual effects etc - with nothing for script, acting etc.
See it on the largest screen you can (IMAX 3D if poss) but as a home small-screen experience it's well below average. See it out of curiosity - and unlike for example '2001: A Space Odyssey' I predict that it won't be in anyone's list of the best space / sci-fi films in 45 years time.
No, I didn't like it. I'll give it 1/5 stars then add another one for the excellent visuals, making 2/5 stars.
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Visually a triumph
- Gravity review by mh
But otherwise average!
As a viewer I was never immersed in the film due to the lacklustre acting and disappointing script.
Overall conceit held it together though so worth a watch.
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- Gravity review by Rasterman
So, suspend your thinking about how astronauts would really behave and even with extraordinary luck still be able to find a pilot a number of other space vehicles with a couple of easy-to-hand manuals; Accept the ridiculous notion about how a single explosion would wipe out all satellites and prevent all communication except some bizarre conversion on AM; Take deep breaths at the unsubtle imagery about life and rebirth. [I could go on...]
...then you have a very entertaining and visual film. Four stars rather than three because it got all hearts beating hard for the best part of an hour and a half!
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