Critics' Corner: Gravity

One of the most talked about trailers of the year has been the two-minute trailer for "Gravity" that features Sandra Bullock and George Clooney floating in space. In the two-minutes, we see a brief intense and desperate moment in the span of a long movie where Bullock's character, Ryan Stone, tries to grab hold of anything and everything as her situation spins out of control. Many thought, "Is that it? Is that what the movies about?" or, "Two people in space. That movie looks silly." Well, "Gravity" is far from silly.

On the other hand, what you see in that trailer is exactly what you will have in store when you sit down to watch it. It is exactly what the movie is about and there are only two people in the entire movie. You will also see an amazingly well crafted, intelligent, exquisite and visceral space journey that possibly puts all other movies of the same vain to shame.

Regardless of what you think of the trailer, you couldn't take your eyes off of it for two-minutes and that is exactly the way the full 90-minute movie is. "Gravity" takes you into space and treats you as if you were a tag-along for Ryan Stone's journey. The direction of Alfonso Cuaron is spot on, if not for a few minor moments of over-dramatization.

Cuaron may be most well known for his direction of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", but he also directed "Children of Men" and one of my personal favorites, "A Little Princess". This is a phenomenal achievement for Cuaron and for the history and future of film-making. If you've ever desired to go to space, this may be as close as you will ever get. "Gravity" rings authentic and it is exactly what movies are all about, taking you, the viewer along for a journey that you can't get in your ordinary life.