This film had come and gone at our local Odeon and though I wanted to see it I really could not stand the thought of sitting watching it surrounded by the chomping hordes who seem unable to watch a film without slurping gallons of Coke and scoffing mega cartons of popcorn. Nor can I stand the resultant toing and froing as they thunder out to the loo, which of course is going to happen if you pig out. So I tend to miss out nowadays on movies I really want to see and tend to wait until the DVD comes out which in this case would be a shame as there are some films you simply MUST see in a cinema and Gravity is one of them.
I mentioned that Helen Rappaport and I had been to see The Invisible Woman the day before and a bigger contrast to that would be hard to find and very seldom do I see two films in such close proximity. When we arrived and bought tickets it was only then I realised it was in 3D so bought the necessary glasses and in we went. At first all the ads and trailers were in normal vision but then we were told to put our glasses on and ZOWIE! !POW! SPLAT! a trailer for Spiderman came on and next thing I knew he was hurtling out the screen at me. Nearly had a caniption I can tell you.
When Gravity started I was not sure I would be able to sit through it as I have a fear of heights and seeing astronauts floating in space while they do repairs to a space station immediately made me feel queasy. I also knew that some awful impending disaster was about to happen and though I thought I was prepared for it, when it did happen I went into a bit of a panic and had to tell myself not to rush out of the cinema, it was all pretend.
I don't want to say too much about it though I am sure many of you know the main thrust of the action, but instead of a sci-fi adventure movie, Gravity turns into much more and I found it incredibly moving and, at times, reduced me to tears. George Clooney was George Clooney as he always is, I love him, not everyone agrees, but he was happy to take a lesser role in this and let Sandra Bullock take centre stage. She was a revelation. I have seen her in many movies and a lot of her roles are comedies and action films in which she very rarely has a deeply serious role to play. Well she does in this one and she was absolutely marvellous. She was nominated for an Oscar and I feel she deserved it but I gather Cate Blanchett won instead. Her character was a woman whose life had been marred by tragedy and who had no real desire to live but then finds that the call of home, Earth is referred to in this way many times, makes her realise that perhaps she does want to survive after all.
There were moments when I was stuffing my fingers in my mouth to stop myself yelling COME ON HURRY UP and at other times to stop myself from bursting into tears and also times when I was on the edge of my seat. The film ends quietly and I found myself unable to move or speak for some time as I was so emotionally drained. Others in the audience were the same and there was no mad rush to get to the exit, people trailed out very quietly and soberly.
The special effects and the photography were simply stunning and beautiful and I feel I will have to go and see it again, or buy the DVD when it comes out, to take it all in once more. A quite marvellous film.