“We gotta go! Go! Go!” Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón’s long-awaited follow-up to Children of Men, is only a few weeks away from theatrical release. Gravity has been generating an overwhelming amount of early buzz from film critics out of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It’s being called one of the best movies of the year, but will it hit a nerve with audiences across the country? Warner Bros. is continuing to build awareness about the latest from Cuarón as the movie studio released the film’s newest TV spot, seen above.
The TV spot is more hopeful than any of the previous promos. While it shows disaster and mayhem in space, there is a hint of hope that Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) might make it through the carnage intact. But knowing Cuarón’s track record, Gravity might end in tragedy, with a small glimmer of hope.
With awards season just around the corner, will Gravity be the kind of movie that connects with Academy members, or will they ignore Gravity as just another genre movie? At the moment, it’s not clear, but if Gravity finds success at the box office, it might just be too big to ignore.
Back in 2007, the Academy almost ignored Children of Men when it came to the Best Picture category, but did give it three Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing. It seems that Gravity might come way with the Best Cinematography Award for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for Sandra Bullock.
Director James Cameron recently endorsed Gravity by saying, “I think it’s the best space photography ever done. I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.” Now that is a very ringing endorsement!
Hopefully all the good faith and early buzz surrounding Gravity will translate to a healthy box office for the space epic. Considering that Gravity‘s production budget was a respectable $80 million, it should be easy to see the film finding success with audiences. If Warner Bros. mentions that Alfonso Cuarón was also the director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, maybe a $200 million box office wouldn’t be out of the question.
Warner Bros. has been on the warpath promoting Cuarón’s latest film. The studio has been tossing out another TV spots and various trailers left and right. Warner Bros. also released 23 minutes of composer Steven Price’s score for the film, and the entire score is now available for streaming on Spotify.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer who is on her first space shuttle mission, and George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky, a veteran astronaut who is on his last. Within the film’s first act, a terrible accident takes place which leaves Dr. Stone and Kowalsky separated. Dr. Stone is left to drift through space with no hope for rescue and with very little oxygen left in her tanks.
Gravity will hit theaters everywhere on October 4, in 3D and IMAX.