Those three words were all I could say after leaving the theater. This movie was absolutely jaw-dropping. It left me speechless. I didn’t even see this in IMAX but I did in 3D. I plan on seeing the movie again in IMAX as soon as possible.
The plot? Oh, right. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) Are repairing a space shuttle. At the worst possible moment, the shuttle is bombarded with debree, and the two fly after a new shuttle.
And I am not going to say anything else. Because I don’t want to give away anything else about this movie.
Even though I didn’t see this movie in IMAX, I felt like I was right there, with the characters, in space. I was simply there, floating along, so insignificant compared to the rest of the universe. The visual effects are simply perfect. I never questioned at any point if anything was real or not. I was just there, overwhelmed by the gorgeously shot setting that is outer space. There are actually very few cuts in the movie. You’re basically just left here to bask in the glory with some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard playing in the background.
This movie is overwhelming. I cried during this movie probably more than I did at any other movie I’ve seen. Sandra Bullock is absolutely phenomenal in this movie. I’ve heard some people complain that she panics too much, but come on. This is a very scary situation and there are a lot of people who aren’t good in a crisis. I’d like to see you in her place.
I am not even joking when I say that this is one of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen. The sound design was perfect. The pacing was perfect. George Clooney, even for the brief scenes he’s in, is perfect. This. Movie. Is. Perfect.
In case you haven’t figured it out, *****
+++WARNING, HERE BE SPOILERS+++
I already said that I felt like I was in space throughout the whole movie. But there was this moment near the end, where I should’ve been going ‘Sandra Bullock is going to die.’ Instead I was going ‘I am going to die’. I don’t know how Cuaron did it. But he made me feel like I was hurtling towards earth a million miles per hour and on fire, with small chance of survival. I genuinely felt like I was about to die. And then the feeling that you get when Stone and I don’t die. Is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my whole life.
P.S. The Bum Review was funny, but my interpretation is that Ryan remembered what button to push in a moment of crisis. ALFONSO CUARON IS NOT SAYING THAT GHOSTS ARE REAL.