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    Loved Children of Men, and the cinematography was great. I have heard that Gravity is no disappointment.

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    Returned from the midnight screening an hour ago.

    Believe the hype. On a technical level, it pushes the boundaries of film to its breaking point. It delivers the promise James Cameron made four years ago with the release of Avatar. There are majestic images and set pieces that put Raiders-era Spielberg to shame.

    Not a perfect film by any means (it comes up painfully short in terms of plot, dialogue and characterization), but it is absolutely a game-changer on every other point.

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    I would actually beg to differ from "painfully short". The movie sacrificed some things for other things, but that is what all movies do. Gravity only has two characters (effectively), and the movie is emphasizing the silence and vast loneliness of space. It's that backdrop upon which any dialogue is laid and framed, and I found it to be excellent at packing a lot of information in a limited number of lines. Anything extraneous was jettisoned (after all, in orbit all space is at a premium). I didn't need to have a lot of interaction between Clooney and Bullock to know exactly who they were as people and what they represented; more prose and interaction would have distracted from the tone, mood, and pace of the movie. The limited dialogue contained a lot behind the scenes (emotionally) if you unpacked them.

    From a personal perspective, I especially connected with Bullock's character, framed against the recent loss of my father, and the same perpetual dilemma a human being faces in the face of grief and how one either decides to continue to live or perpetuates instead a living kind of death. My dad died forty years ago or more, despite remaining alive; I made a different choice; the characters here also have to wrestle directly with how to approach their own lives (and possibly deaths). Also events in the past year or two of my life left me identifying with basically hanging on by your fingernails, springing from one solution to the next and somehow getting out of one scrape to feel backed into a corner almost immediately.... and how sometimes it leaves you just wanting to give up. The whole movie was one harrowing leap from frying pan to fire and back into a new pan.

    But I really agree that the set pieces and backdrop was just awe-inspiring, constantly taking my breath away. I have no idea how they filmed that or recreated what that experience would be like; it felt very real to me, like I was there. And in the IMAX 3D setting, the empty space looked very vast and frightening, and the shots of earth filling up much of the backdrop were just glorious. To me the movie was worth seeing just to feel like I was actually there in orbit experiencing the grandeur of space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Loved Children of Men, and the cinematography was great. I have heard that Gravity is no disappointment.
    I thought Children of Men was an excellent film on many levels. I guess I like well done dystopia.

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    I'm going tonight. But please tell me it's not too "arty". I hate having that shoved down my throat, and it's the exact same reason Cuarón's Harry Potter 3was the worst of the series. It's like these movies try too hard to be fancy...the way, I dunno, Rob Cohen's movies try too hard to be bad-ass.

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    More like an amusement park ride, actually.
    Fairly straight forward...not a lot of baby fat.

    Not too subversive or artsy-fartsy.

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    Children of men was awesome.

    Fuck the po-lice

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    Dodging Star Wars references by adding an extra word was a nice try but...well...I had a bad feeling about this mission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Arendee View Post
    Children of men was awesome.

    Fuck the po-lice
    Yes. Children of Men=tits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü™ View Post
    I'm going tonight. But please tell me it's not too "arty". I hate having that shoved down my throat, and it's the exact same reason Cuarón's Harry Potter 3was the worst of the series. It's like these movies try too hard to be fancy...the way, I dunno, Rob Cohen's movies try too hard to be bad-ass.
    That's not exactly a mainstream opinion; I think HP3 was one of the best of the eight, and it has a 91% on RT.

    I hope you still like Gravity. I didn't consider it "artsy." And I don't think it tried to be too profound, it's pretty much a survival story literally and metaphorically. Pretty straight-forward.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stanton Moore View Post
    I thought Children of Men was an excellent film on many levels. I guess I like well done dystopia.
    I picked that up on DVD a few months ago and it's still sitting here. I figure I'll end up watching it this week, considering I have the time and after reading all the kudos here for it.
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