GRAVITY

by Jody Duncan

The Cinefex staff had the opportunity to see an IMAX 3D screening of “Gravity” last night. I won’t risk spoiling the film by commenting on its content; but, I will repeat what Don Shay said as we stood outside the theater afterward: “Every once in a while, a film comes along that is a game-changer. This is one of those films.” Indeed. It certainly changed my perception of stereoscopic filmmaking. I’ve never been a 3D enthusiast. Even when it was done superbly, as in “Avatar,” it left me uninspired. “Yeah, yeah, look at the firefly things floating toward me. Saw the same thing in that old Michael Jackson flick at Disneyland years ago. When do we get back to the story?” For the first time last night, I felt what a 3D experience can be — especially in IMAX. I wasn’t just watching these characters in space; I was there, with them. It ratcheted the film from tense to harrowing. My palms are still sweating, just as they did when I was a little girl and watched grainy black and white footage of real-life spacewalks. It made me nervous, as all I could think was: What if that cable breaks? I wanted those astronauts back in the cocoon of their spacecraft as soon as possible. Those thoughts and feelings were intensified as I watched “Gravity” last night. It is a beautiful, awe-inspiring film, with a subtle and moving performance by Sandra Bullock. It is a game-changer.

14 thoughts on “GRAVITY

  1. woooo!!!
    I am seeing it in 1 hour!!!!! Can’t wait to read full breakdown in Cinifex!!!! wooooo!!!!

  2. I saw a trailer a few weeks ago on my iPad and was freaking out. I can imagine what the IMAX 3D experience must be like. I’ll mentally compare it to when I saw Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX where my head was spinning during the Burj Khalifa sequence (nice article by the way, Cinefex). That screening took me back to being on the Grand Canyon Skywalk – eep!!

    • The movie does give you that same Grand Canyon Skywalk feeling, Gus. When you see it, let us know what you think!

      • Will do Jody. I generally try to shy away from 3D movies as I find they’re just an excuse to charge higher ticket prices. Example: I saw Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3D during its theatrical run. The IMAX format – yes (I generally love IMAX movies as the image size truly delivers a really cinematic experience). 3D – no. I really enjoyed Kirk and Co’s continuing adventure but found the ‘extra’ dimension very distracting and couldn’t wait for the blu-ray so I could watch it properly (in case you’re wondering, I didn’t have a choice of a non-3D screening). Anyway, it seems that the 3D is being used properly in this case by all accounts so I’ll check it out when I get a chance 🙂

      • Hi Jody. Finally got to see Gravity at London’s Waterloo IMAX cinema in 3D. One word – awesome. Truly a visual game-changer. But what I really loved about the movie was how, once the stage was set, the cliffhangers didn’t stop until the very end. Can’t wait for the blu-ray, and if this doesn’t win the next Visual Effects Oscar I’ll be very surprised.

        Now where’s my iPad? Need to finish that ‘Gravity’ article…..

  3. We are seeing it tonight, have been looking forward to it from the initial trailer. I also have not been a fan of 3D, but our theater was showing it in 3D about 10 times more frequently than 2D so we’re seeing it in 3D. And after reading this article, I’m looking forward to it even more.

  4. I think you’ll be glad you saw it in 3D, Jeff. Maybe this movie will make you a believer, just as it did me!

    • Yea, I did like it in 3D. I agree with you, it did make you feel more like you were right there. It was probably the best use of 3D in a film that I’ve seen. My thing is, it would have been a great film even without the 3D. The most important thing is the story and characters, and this film had that. Compare that to something like Avatar, which to me had a bland story, the 3D did not make it a great film – it was just a mediocre film with good 3D. Gravity first focused on story, then used 3D to bring the audience into the film and enhance the experience. I wish all 3D films did that!

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  7. The Cinefex Gravity issue is on the stands. But the IPad version isn’t available yet. Too bad. I was ready to drop for it. Cinefex has left me suspended….

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