There are so few movies that demand and plead to be seen in theaters and then utterly and completely back it up.
Not only does “Gravity” do that, but it is really unlike anything we have ever seen before.
The full gamut of hyperbolic wordplay has been used to describe the movie, but more than anything, it’s really an experience.
At least, it is if you see it in IMAX 3D.
3D movies are, for the most part, a disappointing experience and little more than a blatant cash grab. The addition of an IMAX screen helps, but it still hardly justifies the price of a ticket that is (roughly) comparable to a car payment.
But “Gravity” is different. From the moment the first trailer was released, so many of us were begging to give this movie our money. And in an IMAX 3D theater, it lives up to the billing.
Director Alfonso Cuarón understood that there were still groundbreaking elements to be explored within the format, and there was no better canvas upon which to paint than space. All at once, “Gravity” is a haunting, terrifying, thrilling and emotional ride, always conveying the feeling that we, the audience, are right up in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
At its most tense moments, we feel like we are hanging on for dear life to any part of a crumbling space station, or that we are truly lost, spinning aimlessly in the black void. Pieces and parts come flying at the screen and you actually move, like you’ve lost all concepts of reality. The sounds are so visceral, you feel them rumbling in your legs.
When people tell you that “Gravity” is an event, something you have to see in theaters, they aren’t exaggerating. But it has to be in IMAX 3D.
Whatever part of your soul prevents you from wanting to dip into your savings account just to pay for a movie ticket, ignore it and go see “Gravity” in the best way possible.