This November brings the cinematic release of ‘Children Of Men’ director Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity.’ With trailers for the sci-fi film boasting some of the best visual effects of the year, and the inevitable genius direction of Cuaron, here are the six ways Gravity has set the new benchmark for science fiction.
There are no CGI aliens
I greatly dislike Avatar for one reason: the Na’vi. They don’t look real or impressive, they feel fake and resemble an amalgamation of a smurf and a Japanese porn cartoon. I accept that film maker blokes like including beings from other planets in films, but a lot of the time these Playdough rejects lower the visual quality of the film and lead to convoluted story lines. There is nothing with over four limbs in ‘Gravity.’ Just humans, alone, and all of space.
Space looks beautiful
As previously mentioned, Sci Fi films have given us some of the most atrocious landscapes in film history; foil covered, cardboard cut outs trundling over uninspiring, sandy mounds. Gravity, on the other hand, is beautiful. Eye feastingly beautiful; you’ll want to bathe in how good it looks and maybe ask it out for a drink. It’s the blue planet of films; you’ll be clenching your fists in jealousy that you’ll probably never see the sunrise from space.
Best use of 3D ever.
You know all those critics/cinema goers/ dicks who keep dissing 3D, saying it’s a waste of time? Take them to see Gravity; 3D here isn’t some gimmick to up sales, it’s part of the experience. Space suddenly becomes all encompassing and inescapable. And what better time to utilise 3D than for a film that requires, well, floaty anti-gravity.
It’s mighty tense
I physically hurt after watching ‘Gravity.’ I spent a while debating why, then realised: I’d spent the whole film tenser than Harrison Ford when viewing the Star Wars reboots. It’s one and a half hours of muscle twitching tension.
It’s not a summer blockbuster
I’m not going to start hating the latest Star Trek instalments, I’m not even going to criticise Prometheus (I’m really trying not too.) However, to compete in the summer blockbuster market sci-fi films have to include so many explosion and scenes of destruction that any insurance broker watching is bound to be reduced to a quivering mess. Yeah Gravity has explosions, but instead of being like an expensive firework show Cuaron uses them as part of the fear that under pins the whole film; they’re not there to impress, they’re there to dread.
Nobody fights anything
Although I appreciate a gratuitos lightsaber/sword/axe fight as much as the next blood thirsty movie goer. However, it was quite refreshing to have a science fiction movie just about, well, science. No guns, no tentacles, just man vs. space.