Question: How do you transform a simple story about survival into one of the most dazzling movies you’ll see this year? You call Alfonso Cuaron, the director of “Children of Men”, who turns it into a magnificent and moving experience. Cuaron’s use of 3D to tell the story is absolutely thrilling. Like “Life of Pi”, from Ang Lee, “Gravity” puts 3D in the hands of a world class filmmaker. Cuaron uses 3D with the delicacy and lyricism of a true film artist. You don’t just watch this movie, you live it. So what’s it about? It’s about a space mission gone wrong. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Stone, an engineer on her first shuttle mission alongside veteran astronaut Georges Clooney. When the shuttle is destroyed, the two astronauts find themselves…wait for it… alone in space. Jeez, I know what you’re thinking: Why should I spend 90 minutes watching a couple of astronauts trying to survive? Look, I can’t say much. Spoiling the secrets of this movie is strictly forbidden. But I can say that these actors are sheer perfection, notably Bullock who will probably earn an Oscar nod for her brilliant performance. I can also point out that director Alfonso Cuaron achieves just the right balance between stunning visuals and masterful storytelling. But the best I can do without being accused of ruining the surprise is to remind you that director James Cameron himself (“Avatar”) called it “the best space film ever made”. At the very least, it will show audiences what a great director can achieve when he is truly inspired by his material. “Gravity” is a visual masterpiece. But it’s also science-fiction at its best and most daring. Wow. Just wow.
N.B: Please don’t wait to watch this at home. Find the best theater near you, put on those 3-D glasses, and prepare to be dazzled.