Gravity ★★★★★

I was the only person in the entire theater. Seriously. I can't tell you how much that aided the experience, especially in the more isolated moments of the film. In fact, I'm still reeling from the whole experience. I know, I know, another 5-star review of Gravity, gushing on and on about how amazing it is. But that's the thing, it IS amazing. There's a reason everyone and their Aunt Mary is prattling on about how "it's unlike anything you've ever seen" and "it's probably one of the most beautiful films ever made" and whatnot. Because it is! It is the very definition of a "technical marvel", a dizzying juxtaposition of beauty and horror. I really haven't ever seen anything like it; terror-inducing beauty. It is one of the most terrifying films I've ever seen. What Cuarón has done here deserves every inch of the monumental praise that is being lauded upon it. Paired with the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki, who also shot Mallick's The Tree of Life and Cuarón's Children of Men among other outstanding films, what is put on the screen is nothing short of breathtaking. At times, literally. There were moments where I actually ceased to breath for longer than I thought myself possible. And a big hand in that has to go to the performance of Sandra Bullock, whom I've never particularly been a big fan of. This is her baby, folks. Clooney is only on-screen for all of about 15-20 minutes total, the rest is Miss Congeniality herself. And she nails it. 2013 is going to be a landmark year in film, but I can promise you that this will find itself somewhere in my Top 5 of the year once December rolls around.

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