Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Gravity - Advance Movie Screening Review

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It's been years since my husband has set foot in a movie theater. He prefers to watch movies in the comfort of his own home. That's why I was shocked when he said he wanted to attend an advance movie screening of Gravity with me. After watching it, however, I think I'll have to drag him kicking and screaming to see another movie in the theater with me anytime soon.

Gravity officially opens in theaters October 4th but me and Jason, along with about 250 other locals, were able to see it in advance. We were treated to the 3D version which was a treat for me because I've never watched a movie with those effects before. And, not to mention, the glasses were kinda cool. IF you plan on watching Gravity, I highly suggest seeing it in 3D because that's about the only thing that prevented this movie from being a total flop.

The synopsis of Gravity is that of Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) who is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes -- the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

My husband's synopsis of the movie goes a little something like this: Space shuttle is destroyed. Two astronauts survive. A lot of spinning and bouncing around in space. Astronauts try to jump on another space satellite. It gets destroyed. Even more spinning and bouncing around in space. And the same vicious cycle happens over and over and over.

I'd have to say his synopsis is pretty spot on. There's not a lot of build-up and the plot remains the same throughout, even repeating itself. We learn of Dr. Ryan Stone's background but learn very little about partner astronaut Matt Kowalsky. I will give credit to the stunning visual effects and realism of space and astronauts. Gravity may be what keeps us grounded, but this movie fell flat. The tagline for Gravity is 'Don't Let Go'. I think it should rather be 'Don't Go'.


Yona Williams said...

What I've seen in the clips...it looks kinda interesting, but I'm wondering how the movie keeps an audience's attention. This is the kind of movie you probably get the best experience when seeing it 3D.

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

I want to see this!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I've seen some trailers for this on TV lately and I'm a little 50/50 on it.

Now quite sure whether I will see it or not myself.

sablelexi said...

Your review pretty much confirmed by fears about this movie. Most of what I saw about it seemed to talk about how visually amazing it was, which seemed to be avoiding the whole aspect of plot.

Heather! said...

Really? Wow...I was sooo excited for this movie, and insisted on seeing it in 3D on an IMAX screen. I LOVED it! I was terrified throughout the film (just ask my husband; I think there are still nail marks on his arm!). No, there isn't much to the plot, but it's not that kind of movie. I really enjoyed the experience, but my husband pretty much shares your opinion of it.

By the way, your last line make me snort! ;)