Friday, October 4, 2013

365 Inspirations—277: Gravity, The Movie

"Looking outward to the blackness of space, sprinkled with the glory of a universe of lights, I saw majesty—but no welcome." —Loren Acton 

The Seattle Times gave Gravity 4 stars and even put it on the front page of the paper today. The review said to see it on the biggest screen possible and preferably in 3-D. They called it a 'beautiful, deeply moving' movie.

My husband and I love to go to the movies, so that was our plan after his yoga class. We headed to our favorite movie theater that happens to have our favorite sushi restaurant in the same complex. After cooking at home for a week straight, I was ready for a meal out and a movie.

The sushi restaurant, Tengu Sushi at Thorton Place near Northgate Mall, gives discounted movie tickets if you eat in their restaurant. Eating there saved us almost $5 on our 3-D tickets. My husband also has a Regal Cinema card and often gets free tickets and popcorn for points he's acquired.

Not many people at the theater on a beautiful sunny day in Seattle at 12:40pm on a Friday and that was just fine by us. We planned to go for a three-mile walk around Greenlake after the movie anyway. We also knew that the theater would be packed on a Friday or Saturday evening and we wanted to avoid the crowds.

So now for my review:

The entire movie takes place in space where three astronaunts are working on a space shuttle. It's business as usual up in space and they even joke around with Mission Control in Houston. They listen to country music, do space walks, crack jokes, until they are informed that they are about to be hit with debris that is coming straight for them.

Unprepared, one of men dies on the spot. Ed Harris, played by George Clooney, tries to tether himself to Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, but is unsuccessful the first time.

Ryan spins and twirls in desperation as she realizes she is untethered and floating in space with a limited supply of oxygen. In 3-D and with the interesting use of speakers and sound, we feel we are Dr. Ryan and we are also floating in space and feeling her every emotion and mood.

We later learn that there's a deeper reason why she is out there in space. A very sad event in her life is revealed and she struggles with it as she is faced with losing her life.

This is not a loud action film. This is a very silent, quiet, beautiful film and it is really about the main character, Dr. Ryan who is struggling with staying alive and with loneliness out in space. We can feel it and we sense what it must be like to be stripped of everything life-giving—where we are to face only ourselves and our impending mortality.

I didn't find this movie depressing or somber, I found it awe-inspiring. Ryan teeters at the edge of life and death and that edge out in space is so beautiful. It is the space between heaven and earth or this world and another.

I won't tell you how the movie ends...but I enjoyed this movie and the fact that I very much felt like I was there living every moment the characters on the screen were living. This is definitely a new way of seeing things on screen and the director and screenplay writer, Alfonso Cuaron, did a wonderful job.

I give this movie four stars and recommend it!

Have you seen any good movies lately?

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