Gravity – Movie of the Year?

Well, we can discuss that.

Big screen, 3D glasses, some pop corn, and here you go, projected into space, floating to some country music.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are Matt Kowalski and Ryan Stone, two astronauts sent to fix something with their space shuttle, named Explorer. They are suddenly ordered to be abort their mission, due to several asteroids running straight to them, and susceptible to destroy their space shuttle.
The catastrophes, kept on coming though out the film, but during approximatively the first 15 minutes of the film, except for Ryan Stone kept alive thanks to Kowalski’s gallantry, each member of the crew dies. Fear, anxiousness, accelerated heartbeat, can Gravity be more stressful?

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Nevertheless, it can be considered as Alfonson Cuarón‘s best graphic work since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Indeed, Gravity is first of all, an aesthetic movie, with amazing graphics, an outstanding photography, and the stress felt while watching it, might come from this too-close-to-reality side of the film. Thus, spectators were so captivated, and a little messed up, once the movie ended, staggering out of the movie theater. Because, Gravity is an indisputable and astonishing tableau of space, and a well conducted disaster movie, full of technical, well mastered secrets, and yet it is not a tale about astronauts. There is no ideas, really spread out from it, there is only jaw dropping special effects. Ryan Stone, had luck, perseverances, and hallucinations; those three elements gave her strength, and courage, to struggle, and find a way out, of this enormous nowhere place, that is the universe, and come home, to Earth. This universe, that after all, we don’t know much about, is what Cuarón used in his movie, to attract, and bewitched his spectators. The fact that, we deal with an unknown place, a whole new world or collection of worlds gathered in one big plain of emptiness, is what trigger the fear, in us. The fear of nothingness, and not knowing where to go; this might sound like a quote from an emo kid, but after all, its just a feeling, that we might feel power ten, once confronted to space.

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Now, to say it is the movie of the year, I would say no. No because, it is just a movie about stunning the audience, by breathtaking and nail-biting scenes, mixing up, beauty and horror. There’s no ideas, no messages, just beautiful pictures to keep in mind. Then, what I was disappointed about, is that, is has the same impact, of a basic horror movie, that needs, technical skills, and great suspense. Not to mention, the end, a little bit fetched that seizures the pretty constant line of emotions felt until then.

If Gravity might not be the movie of the year, Sandra Bullock is certainly the actress of the year. The greatly identified the character, and embodied it perfectly. She knew how to pass on emotions, and proved strong and gripping actress qualities and gave birth to that something we can’t really put a hand on, in the movie.

However, despite this good elements, what is Gravity after all? Another brick to the wall of blockbusters.

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The Heat – Sandra Bullock’s year

Misogynist, funny, dumb, those three adjectives could qualify The Heat, the last film of Paul Feig. If Bridesmaids was really appreciated among spectators, The Heat would disappoint a little, but would anyway trigger some laughs.

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Sandra Bullock did quite a good job in picking her films lately, and her performance in this film was pretty great. Not to mention her destabilizing fun duo with Melissa McCarthy, who seems to have some kind of power; whenever she opens her mouth, people laugh (great rhyme isn’t it?).

The Heat, is dealing with two cops, single women, with a particular temper, hated by every men in their department, who however are the best at what they do. Therefore, they’re bought to work together in a delicate case, and sparkles will emerge from that team.
Even if their personalities, are joining at some point, they are two extremes meeting. Indeed, one is boyish, tough, and the other is prude, and classy, but both are lonely, and giving 100% dedication of their tome into their work. Workaholic, obsessed with justice, and there’s something interesting to see; their two minds competing, two similar intelligence, two cops thinking the same way, with a strong penchant for observation of details. An indestructible solidarity, and shy friendship will be sewed throughout the movie.

After all its a basic comedy, not very original, but really amusing, and enjoyable. And the duo’s chemistry is providing the only element, interesting and teasing our curiosity, and that is really making the movie laughable and pleasant.
Nevertheless, Sandra Bullock is very astonishing, and not disappointing at all, in her dumbest role.

It is obvious that the director likes to paint women relationship, which are not always about concurrence and jealousy, but also often, about solidarity and a heavy feeling of friendship. Not afraid of the ridicule, his actresses make the big jump in his movies.

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