Gravity

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  1. DaveF

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    I watched Gravity in IMAX 3D. This is the most emotional movie I've seen in a long time.It was on the whole spectacular.
     
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    Excellent movie that should be seen in 3D on the largest screen you can get to. Unfortunately, the shots used in the movie are the type that often result in cross talk on home displays.

    Other than the possibility of problems for home viewers, this joins the ranks of Avatar, Hugo, and Life of Pi for well done modern 3D movies.
     
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    Saw it this weekend. Visually it was amazing. Saw it in IMAX 3D. I usually never get motion sickness, but I did get minor queasiness when Bullock first got detached from the shuttle and the POV shots of her spinning through space. But in a way, I kind of liked it because my attitude was "if this is what it really feels like........"

    Story was good, was kept lean at 90 minutes. I think I did get a little worn out on Bullock talking to herself a lot, even though I understand why. Noticed they had to make a compromise with the opening text saying there is nothing to carry sound in space for the people who would have gone "Where the hell is the sound of all this stuff getting destroyed" I kind of wished they didn't do that and just let the people who don't get it figure it out.

    Had some panic when
    Clooney returned, with Vodka no less. Thankfully it was just in Bullock's imagination

    Also what was the movie going for with
    the fetus shot of Bullock

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    The very end where Bullock tentatively walks on to the barren shore. It certainly seems to be making some sort of evolution allegory (especially since there's an earlier shot of a frog swimming in the water). Some sort of parallel to "2001" perhaps?
     
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    SPOILERTo me the last shot of the film was simply......GRAVITY
     
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    Further boxoffice analysis from www.boxofficeguru.com
     
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    Not a 3D guy, but saw Gravity in IMAX 3D and very glad I did. As others have indicated this is a film to see on the biggest screen available.

    As far as the film goes ... wow ... quite the heart-pumping ride.
     
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    All three of us loved Gravity in 3D. Very easily in the top three movies I've seen in the theater this year; I wasn't bored and my attention didn't wander at all. This is a captivating movie from beginning to end: I especially loved the opening 13 minute "unbroken" shot introducing the environment and characters. That was a work of genius in my book.

    I don't know if any home environment would be able to replicate the theater experience, but I can't wait to see this one again. Mesmerizing, intelligent, captivating, gorgeous...just wow.
     
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    Loved it, I understand the barebones plot was choice but wish there was a little more skeleton for the great visuals, performance and emotions to hang on.

    Only other complaint is that the terrific soundtrack had to compete with the songs the characters chose 2-3 times.

    Loved the nods to 2001, I think those were very subtle.
     
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    Anytime you get an Astronaut to kick your film with something like:
    You've done something special. Great link Adam
     
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson is a little less impressed compared to Buzz Aldrin. I thought the movie was thrilling for all the reasons cited already.
    However, I tend to struggle a bit when characters talk to their deceased loved ones, whether it's at a graveside (a la Saving Pvt. Ryan) or in a space capsule. My initial reaction is skepticism, and then I have to think through why it has to be there for the storytelling. Given the choice between an actor monologue and a voice over for their internal thoughts, the former is obviously the better option. But it still takes me out of the movie every time. The notion that Ryan's landing was just another hallucination is interesting. I don't agree, but I admit it's fun to consider in light of film's like Jacob's Ladder. But I would have a problem if someone were to insist this is what the filmmakers were going for. Nothing in the narrative supports this idea.Finally, her going into a fetal position I took as a reference to 2001.
     
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    I'm glad there's killjoy nerds like Tyson to tell us that a work of fiction wasn't factually accurate.
     
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    I ended up seeing the first hour or so of the film *twice* in order to see the film as a whole. I mentioned elsewhere (LCVG) that the first viewing was interrupted by some poor gentlemen having a heart attack (during the fire and her escape into the Soyuz escape capsule). The film was stopped and the theater eventually evacuated. The film had been exceptionally engrossing and thrilling up to that point.

    I took in a second (and first full) viewing the next day. The first hour remained equally as potent, and the remainder of the film living up to and exceeding what had come before. Cuaron and his wonderful team were really working on another level for this film. I did see it in IMAX (babyMAX) 3D, and it was worth every penny. The film spends every minute with Dr. Ryan Stone, and it feels almost real time. I find "reviewing" it to be a challenge because it was a fairly overwhelming experience, potent and exhausting in the best ways cinema can be. Gravity doesn't lend itself to prose descriptions, and how many times can I say "awesome" to convey what it was like to watch it.

    The incredible technical skill used to choreograph these flawless shots was all in service of connecting the audience to the emotions and journey the lead character is on. There are some more high-minded elements at play (the "in utero" shot of Bullock, the frog, etc), and I found them smoothly integrated in a non-obtrusive way. I think Bullock and Clooney are both pretty sensational, and I think Bullock was actually the best possible choice for Dr. Stone. She has an under-stated presence that lets you believe she is the same person in first five minutes and in the last five minutes. I think Clooney's Kowalski projected a professional, calming presence that rang true to his character...even his levity and "every guy"ness demonstrated a purpose.

    In the end, this is a movie made for movie screens. After a million sequels and high concept hero's journeys, after tie-ins and superheroes and too similar action scenes (some of which I enjoyed, of course), it was almost cleansing to get such an extraordinary movie, made with a master's skill. A film made to NOT simply sell something else, but rather to awe the audience for the price of their movie ticket, to briefly connect them with each other and with everything else. This was the kind of film we remember seeing for the first time, the kind that rewards self-professed film lovers with something unique and special. Cuaron is making a habit of amazing.

    Gravity was not perfect, but I also don't think it could have been any better.
     
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    Note that Tyson says he enjoyed Gravity. It's Gawker saying that Tyson says the movie is crap, not Tyson himself.

    I don't think pointing stuff like this out (either by him or by Phil Plait) makes him a killjoy.
     
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    When he said how the stars were in the wrong position in sky in Titanic, I'd give him that because that movie prided itself on its historical accuracy and attention to detail but pointing out the fake parts of a movie that is obviously fiction is just lame.
     
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    I saw this last Saturday in 3-D. I was blown away. Most of the superlatives above do it justice. Such a well-crafted film experience.
     
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    Enjoyed the film. Bothered by the mishandling of physics in certain scenes.
     

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