Gravity ends. The lights in the cinema come on and I feel an overwhelming sense of anger and disappointment at what I had just experienced.
For anybody who knows me personally or follows The Melting Faces on Facebook, you’ll know how much I’ve been looking forward to this film. So why the negative reaction?
Well, there’s a lot of reasons but the main one would undoubtedly be the audience I saw this film with, in particularly four people who felt the need to talk through all of it, analysing the action as if they’d been in space themselves. Even in its loudest moments, which to be fair are few and far between, I could still hear these guys chatting over them, they were that loud.
The worst part is though, once the film had finished they seemed to have loved it, completely oblivious to the fact they had distracted from my cinematic experience. And Gravity should be a cinematic experience.
I love the whole concept of it, two astronauts, separated from their shuttle and floating through space with their oxygen running low. It’s a premise just as terrifying as Alien and more original than any of the other films I’ve seen this year.
I was convinced I was going to love it. But I didn’t.
There’s no denying the visual splendour and technical ingenuity of Gravity. There’s so much detail and love put into the film that it’s impossible not to admire how good it looks.
The direction by Alfonso Cuaron is bold and firmly seals his place as one of the most talented film makers working today. From the opening tracking shot to the moments laced with imagery surrounding re-birth and God, I have no doubt that Gravity will be examined and analysed in film schools for years to come.
The score by Steven Price deserves a mention too and is hands down the best I’ve heard in recent memory.
All of this of course is looking at the film at a purely superficial level though and where as it gets top marks for it’s outstanding visuals, I just didn’t feel any real substance or connection to the main protagonist, Ryan Stone and the story surrounding her.
This is through no fault of Sandra Bullock, who considering her past works such as Miss Congeniality, is more than adequate in this role. I just didn’t buy into the way her character develops through the film and just needed more to convince me of the change that takes place within her by the time the credits rolled.
Because of this, what should have been big moments, just felt flat to me and devoid of any emotion.
Over exposure to Gravity beforehand didn’t help either and I’m kicking myself for sitting through the trailers so many times. Yes, I’m afraid it’s one of those films where really, the best bits are all in the trailer. If you have managed to avoid any marketing for it though, you will be in for a treat.
In the end, there’s many reasons why I didn’t have the guttural reaction I thought I was going to have with Gravity. Maybe it’s the hype, maybe it’s the writing. It’s almost defiantly the selfish yappers who talked all the way through.
Despite this, as a lover of film, I have no choice but to recommend seeing this in the Cinema, specifically in 3-D, in the hope that your experience is better than mine.