“Experience the Third Dimension.” Gravity is in theaters now! Seven years after the release of his last film, Children of Men,, Alfonso Cuarón’s space epic Gravity is ready to be experienced in 3D and IMAX theaters near you. The film is an amazing visual accomplishment that begs to be seen in 3D. Now Warner Bros. has released a new featurette that highlights why Cuarón wants you to watch his movie in the third dimension.
Gravity is an immersive experience that is visceral and propulsive by nature. Alfonso Cuarón created a film that not only places its characters in space, but also transports the audience there as well. When you’re watching Gravity in 3D and IMAX, there’s nowhere else to turn where you’re not in the middle of deep space. The visuals and experience is worth the extra 3D and IMAX price.
A second featurette showcases Gravity’s human element. Gravity’s story is surprisingly simple and not as cerebral or heady as Stanley Kurbrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey or Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris. It’s not striving to inform an audience about what humanity is or where we’re going as a species, but rather simply how we persevere as people. Gravity is a survival story set in outer space, nothing more and nothing less.
What puts the film over the top are its breathtaking visuals. It feels as if Cuarón actually took a camera crew into orbit to shoot the film. You never think Cuarón made this film in a sound stage, which is a compliment both to the director and his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. There’s a great sense of realism when it comes to recreating a sense of pure weightlessness.
A few days ago, Warner Bros. also released an IMAX featurette that highlights Gravity‘s size and clarity. Part of that immersive feeling is watching the sci-fi film on the biggest screen possible. It’s like Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim in that respect. Both films convey size and scope, so watching Gravity on the largest screen imaginable just adds more to the overall experience. It’s going to be interesting to see how people react to the film once it’s released on Blu-ray/DVD. A movie like Gravity belongs in movie theaters, up on the big screen.
Gravity features Sandra Bullock, who wonderfully plays the character of Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer and mission specialist on her first space shuttle mission, and George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky, a veteran astronaut on his final shuttle mission. After an accident tears apart the shuttle Explorer, the two become separated, and Stone is left to drift through outer space with no hope for rescue and with very little oxygen left in her tanks.
You can read Brent’s review of Alfonso Cuarón’s latest here.