First Reactions from Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ Emerge Online

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 29th, 2013 at 7:28 am,

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We’ve been waiting to see what acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) is going to do with his ambitious new sci-fi project Gravity, and now we have some initial opinions from those who have seen the film to share.

Scroll down to hear first impressions of Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock as the lone survivor of a space mission, who is trying to steer her ship home to Earth, where her daughter awaits.

Here is a spattering of opinions from the test screening of Gravity, either reported by those in attendance, or collected by those who claim to have spoken to or “overheard” the reactions. Taken altogether, they paint the picture of a technically and visually stunning piece of cinema, with a good performance from Bullock (who is mostly onscreen alone) – but a movie that may be more along the indie drama line than some sci-fi expect:

From AICN‘s source:

This is not just next level shit, this is several levels ahead of next level shit, & quite possibly the highest level shit you could possibly make. This is like if Avatar had been released in 1927 a week after The Jazz Singer. People won’t know how to comprehend what they are seeing. In short, Gravity genuinely makes you feel like you have been to space. It really, really does. And guess what? It’s beautiful, and awe-inspiring, and profound (and a little scary too), everything you thought it would be since you first thought about going to space when you were a kid. The movie exploits dreams it knows every sentient being has had, using the best special effects I have personally ever seen. I honestly don’t know how you could enhance a cinematic experience more. I kept waiting for a cameo from the Tupac hologram.

However, some people might end up saying that Gravity ends up being too light on story & is just an expensive space roller coaster ride, ‘Space Mountain: The Movie’ if you will. But those people would be wrong, stupid & ungrateful. Gravity is an important & subtle character study wrapped up in the guise of the most technologically advanced film of the new millennium… To me the film is about apathy and isolation. It’s about people today not knowing why they should be excited about living but only knowing they don’t want to die. It’s about looking at your own insignificance in the universe (or on Earth, or at your job, or at your school, etc.) & becoming empowered by it instead of defeated. And most of all, it’s about seeing what it would be like to float through space like an astronaut (spoiler: it’s fun).

From a source who contacted The Film Experience:

Gravity is Cuarón’s masterpiece. It’s gonna be divided. Half will think it’s a self-indulgent borefest and half will think it’s amazingly brilliant. The movie is 80% just Sandra Bullock!

Sandra Bullock in Gravity First Reactions from Alfonso Cuaróns Gravity Emerge Online

Bullock will be on her own in Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’.

Reactions for two other moviegoers certainly seemed to echo that ‘it will be divisive’ theory:

Briana Hernandez - Worst movie ever! #gravity

David Vendrell - Went to a test-screening for “Gravity” last night…it was far from being done, but it will be a visual feast when it is…and nothing more.

Reports that Bullock will have to hold the screen on her own for most of the movie’s run time – or that Cuarón was planning ambitious technical feats like a 17-minute single-take opening shot - have been upping our enthusiasm for Gravity for some time. In a lot of ways the movie seems to be in the same vein as Danny Boyle’s Sunshine - which was, in itself, a visually-impressive piece of sci-fi psychodrama.

Given the skill Cuarón has shown in his past projects, count us in the camp of those who will be delighted, should the movie live up to the technical praise seen in these early reactions.

We’ll find out for sure when Gravity hits theaters on November 21, 2012.

Source: Twitter, The Film ExperienceAICN (hat tip to /Film)

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  1. I saw the movie didn’t care for it. Someone floating in space. Don’t want to see it again thought it was piece of s***. if I knew before i went I would I have saved my money for a much better movie.

  2. the movie stunning
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  3. I loveeee the movie. I will watch it for the 4th tomorrow – Jakarta
    Indonesia

  4. No idea why the rave reviews. George dies for no reason except to be dramatic- he could have just climbed up the rope. The person who you really want to die – cause she is so annoying – just doesn’t die… one improbably escape after another – all revolving around just making it to next space station after almost running out of fuel… YAWN…

    One long scene set in space – if that’s what you call visually stunning.. yawn yawn yawn… god Sandra Bullock is so annoying…

  5. I have never laughed so hard during a movie that is not a comedy ! This is quite possibly the worst sci-fi movie of all time ! The horrible script and screenplay are only the beginning. The lack of any cohesion in the storyline bleed right out onto the screen through the pointless dialogue between terrible characters.

    The movie should be retitled a space comedy called “One Woman 3 space stations !”

    While Bullock’s character was hurtling through space at 30,000kph clinging to the outside of the capsule just before entering the atmosphere I nearly wet my pants in laughter :D The way shew was swinging into the direction she was traveling was just to much to bare.

    After seeing Gravity I truly felt like I had been charged 20 dollars for a botched lobotomy !

    • Hahahaaaaa!! I think I like and trust your review the most. Bullock’s a ‘fart-in-a-stiff-wind’ if ever I smelled one. Clooney needs to die for having lunch with Obama and kissing Julia’s orange a** (she’s all about orange makeup and hair, so why not go with it? ugly horsey cheeseburger.)

  6. This is sad. This is what millions of dollars produce. There is no premise, no subject. An attempt at the human condition, viewed in the atmosphere of space. Alfonso Cuarón, I ask you, ” What is this. Who produces this. There is no character development. There is no cast. This is a number of takes strung together, looking for what? This is the modern day excuse for art. Paint splatter on canvas from a 3 year old. There is no cinematography,. There is nothing, no beginning and no end. Those who have educate the ignorant. You might as well took the budget and burned it. I guess at the end of the day the most important question is ” Did we break even?” Please don’t think of this as anything other than a very bad investment.

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