Even before it was released wide, you could tell that Alfonso Cuaron’s space survival tale, Gravity, was the kind of film that was going to stick with people and inspire tons of fan devotion. Comparisons to 2001: A Space Odyssey may be premature, and not particularly warranted in the first place, but it’s still a fantastic, breathtaking motion picture, and the most intense movie going experience audiences have had this year. You’ve already seen countless fan made posters paying homage to the film, and now you can add this gorgeous new Mondo poster to that already extensive list.
You knew it was coming. A movie like Gravity doesn’t show up, rattle more than a few cages, make a ton of money at the box office, and not get the Mondo treatment, this time from artist Kevin Tong. That much was a given. And the results are as spectacular as you expect them to be given their track record.
Gravity ruled the metroplexes and movie theaters for most of the month of October—it’s still in the top five—and has raked in more than $428 million worldwide thus far. It’s impressive that a movie with only two real characters, one of whom is alone for the bulk of the run time, managed to connect with audiences in the way that it has. Then again, it is the most visually stunning movie of the year, unfolding almost in real time, in what very nearly feels like one continuous take.
The plot of Gravity follows Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), an engineer on her first mission, and Matt Kawalksi (George Clooney), a veteran astronaut on his final jaunt into space. When a series of unfortunate events leaves them stranded, isolated, drifting through space without a clear way home, the film becomes a harrowing tale of survival against all odds in the most unforgiving environment imaginable. And if all of that that wasn’t enough, Gravity contains covert nods to both Doctor Who and Planet of the Apes.
There’s also a cool video that shows the process of the poster coming together. Being completely devoid of artistic talent, digitally or otherwise, there’s always a certain sense of awe when it comes to watching really gifted artists at work. They way they break images down into shapes, lines, layers, and shades, always messes with my brain a bit. As if the poster itself wasn’t enough, this is a nice little bonus feature slash behind the scenes look.