Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Out Of This World

If you want to get a gander at how far film CG technology has moved the "Avatar" ball down the field, go see the new movie, "Gravity."  And see it in 3-D (yes, worth the extra $)  Co-written, produced, edited and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, it's taken the real human actor /CG technology interface to a whole new level.  And, like "Avatar's" James Cameron before him, Cuaron understands that the real key to making 3-D more than just a novelty, is to structure the film so that the audience is invited to step into and stay inside the world he has constructed for them.

And yes, yes, immediately the science nerds checked in.  Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson twittered an ongoing stream of "facts," and  chimed in with a long list of interesting corrections.  And, yes, yes, the story is pure Hollywood -- a sort of "Ohhhhhh Sh********t" Perils of Pauline" Cute-Plucky-Heroine-Lost-In-Space scenario (And nobody does plucky like Sandra Bullock.) 

And, yes, yes, there were some plot lines that got pretty improbable, but nevermind.  Just sit back and go with the ride.  The story has heart, the one-damned-thing-after-another peril will keep you awake, the CG work will keep your jaw down somewhere near the popcorn-littered aisle floor.
By the end, I found myself  haunted by two of the movie's deeper themes: How alien, impossible,  lonely, unforgiving and terrifyingly lifeless space is.  And  how heartbreakingly lovely the earth is.  And like the main character, how much I longed to get back "home."


Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

The extra $$ was worth it - the 3-D was such an addition to the experience. I actually came out of there wanting to go into outer space which really surprised me because there was so much awfulness in the plot. I ate a lot of popcorn during this movie though which would be a disaster up there. Not sure I would be able to separate the two in real life, (not that I would ever get to go)! Puking looked like more than a probability with all that gyrating.

I really thought the movie wasn't that great as a movie, but the whole experience hung on for days (saw it Saturday night). It's one movie that won't be jarred loose in the memory banks.

Churadogs said...

Yeah, the plot was pretty boiletplate (Perils of Pauline) but they did give these characters some heart, and the CGI work was spectacular, the use of 3-D, too.

Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

The only criticism I heard on that was that Sandra Bullock's hair should have floated more! I did not notice! Acting superb, emotions as real as I could imagine, not a false note anywhere.