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Inter-space-pective on the Film "Gravity"
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Review of "Gravity"
After watching the previews of "Gravity" and hearing all the hoopla of the Oscars the movie won I was pretty convinced it was just a lot of fodder and that someone that had worked on the movie probably was bffs of someone in charge of the Oscars. It was actually pretty good if you ignore all the hoopla that was buzzing around it. I don't know if it deserved all those Oscars necessarily. For special effects it deserved prestige but the Oscars went a little overboard with everything else.
Essentially "Gravity" is a story about surviving in space, a feat impossible for human life to accomplish without modern technology and science. Sandra Bullock plays astronaut/engineer Ryan who is on a mission for NASA to fix a telescope. George Clooney plays Matt Kowalski the pilot of the shuttle for the mission. Debris hits them while they are attempting to fix the telescope. Ryan and Matt are the only two left alive from their crew. They have to find shelter at one of the space stations which forces them to travel across the void of space. From that moment on it's a race against time to get to safety and to return back safely to Earth for the two of them. I admit that this story kept me on the edge of my seat. I was frightened for them, I wept for them, and I wanted them desperately to survive. Both characters were written to be likable. Kowalski enjoys telling the crew stories of his many misadventures and is just a really friendly outgoing guy. Ryan is more quiet at first and focused on her work, but later it's revealed she is suffering through the loss of her daughter. So because they're written for most people to be able to appreciate and like you do really want them to survive. This is very important that the writers did this. that the actors portray their characters so well. and that the director knew how to make the scenes between the crew work in the first part of the movie. If even one things had not been honestly shown and made one of them or both of them unlikable the movie would have been ruined since they are the only two actors you see. aside from some brief moments of the corpses of the other crew member.
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Now there is also a deeper meaning to the story I believe as well besides a story of survival. I don't know if this was the intent of the writers or director exactly but some parts of the story mirror Ryan's emotional battle with the loss of her daughter. The dead crew may symbolize the death of her child. The setting of space represents the isolation of her depression and pain. Kowalski represents who she once was: a friendly person who was outgoing. Finally Kowalski and Ryan's battle for survival represents her struggling to get over her depression and have closure. There are a few other symbols that I'll just briefly mention but not go too deep into so it doesn't ruin the movie for anyone who hasn't seen "Gravity". There is a scene were Ryan is forced to let go of something (I won't say what) into space that she doesn't want to. She struggles not to. This represents her letting go of her depression at her daughter's loss. Then later on there is a scene of Ryan floating in a fetal position as if in the womb like a baby. This represents renewal and being rejuvenated. After that there is a moment Ryan picks up a signal from a baby monitor on Earth of a baby crying. This represents birth, as if Ryan is being born once more through her pain. This moment also made me cry the second I heard the baby, because in a way it seemed like it was showing a life circle, like even though Ryan's daughter died there were still babies being born everyday. It seemed to be saying to Ryan that life will always continue on even though she had been suffering so much from her loss and not really allowing herself to live. The ending (which I'm not going to give away the exact details) seems to hint at imagery of evolution, which also seems to be showing both birth and recovery.
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Who Will Enjoy "Gravity"
"Gravity" is something someone who likes movies about astronauts, space, and out of this world visuals (it really looks like they're floating around in space and the Earth is gorgeous) would enjoy. It has a lot of frightening moments in it, so I wouldn't recommend this for really young kids. It's PG-13, yet I know when I was ten years old I likely could have handled watching this. I doubt I'd have understood everything, yet kids will be able to appreciate the beauty of the visuals of space and of the story of survival. "Gravity is a bit like the movies: "Apollo 13" or "Armageddon".