‘Gravity’ Movie Review: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock in a Stunning Space Jam [Video]

‘Gravity’ hit American theaters, receiving positive reviews of both movie critics and ordinary theater-goers.

Those who might suppose that ‘Gravity’ movie which stares only two stars could be quite a dull, but critics are more than satisfied with the thriller that follows a veteran astronaut and newbie in a fight to survive miles above Earth.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the new movie received almost 100 per cent of public approval, with many critics praying Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and the movie’s director Alfonso Cuaron for the real masterpiece.

“Cuaron has broken extraordinary ground here, creating a film-going immersion in outer space that, at least for those of us who’ve gotten no closer than an airplane allows, feels unfailingly right,” Greg Evans writes for Bloomberg.

“Bullock fulfills the promise of her earliest, smartest self,” while “Clooney is a star without rival in a perfect-fit role,” he concludes.

It’s “a stunning space jam,” gives his evaluation Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times.

“This is one of the most stunning visual treats of the year and one of the most unforgettable thrill rides in recent memory.” There’s a bit of “overly melodramatic back story,” but for the most part, “you’ve rarely seen anything like it.”

Rafer Guzman of Newsday claims that the movie is “a rare combination of jaw-dropping special effects and visual artistry.” But the critic appears to be not quite impressed as the others, as he writes: “If this technological marvel had a slightly stronger human heartbeat, it would be a genuine masterpiece.”

Claudia Puig at USA Today calls ‘Gravity’ “a bracing masterpiece … the kind of enthralling, all-encompassing, giddy cinematic experience that surfaces once in a blue moon. No film since 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 has captured such a vivid reality outside Earth’s gravitational pull. And no film has so artfully interwoven 3D technology.”

Rotten Tomatoes’ top critic David Denby of New Yorker writes of the movie: “Gravity is not a film of ideas, like Kubrick’s techno-mystical 2001, but it’s an overwhelming physical experience — a challenge to the senses that engages every kind of dread.”

He adds: “There’s strong pleasure in it, too; the movie is an adventure story in which each clumsy movement of mass and bodies startles.”

However, it seems that Michelle Alexandria of Eclipse Magazine doesn’t share everybody’s excitement with the just released movie.

“There are moments in the film that are gripping, but once you get past the basic idea that they are stranded in space and they have 90 minutes to reach a Chinese Satellite before they run out of air, the movie becomes a bit pedestrian,” the critic writes.

She adds: “The setup is nicely done, but there’s nowhere for it to really go and the ending was ridiculous – I expected someone to scream “You blew it up!””

“We watch the inexperienced Stone panic and bumble her way through getting back to her space station.  There are really nice moments where you do get a sense of weightlessness and feel tension.”

She finally concludes: “The film is very situational and not character driven. This is not “epic” or “revolutionary” film-making, it is just merely good.”

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