xBk4dOKAs the credits of GRAVITY rolled, I was shaking. I knew I had just seen a film that exemplifies the exact reason I love movies. I was moved. I’ve only rarely felt this way exiting a film. The last one was The Grey. In a way, they are similar stories of survival. But, GRAVITY is better. So much better. I don’t think I’m going to see a better movie this year. It’s refreshing to have your expectations met, then exceeded. And, the reason begins and ends with one performance: Sandra Bullock. Wow. You know how she won that Oscar for that football movie? And how pretty much everyone was like, “huh? What? Did that just happen?” Well, this performance blows that sassy southern wife crap right out into space. Seriously, it’s amazin’. She is vulnerable and strong and pitiful and elegant all at once. I feel her real life drama the last couple of years informed this character. And she just nails it, people. I see more gold in her future. This makes me happy, as Sandra Bullock was my very first Hollywood crush as a kid. Thanks, Speed and Demolition Man. Anyway, my point is that her work here is incomparable to any of the stuff I’ve seen from her in the past. There is so much humanity in this role. And, that’s what makes this story so compelling. It’s a human story. It touches deep human emotions. It doesn’t insult it’s audience. That is what I’ve come to expect from Alfonso Cuarón. This guy. His last movie, Children Of Men, was my favorite film of 2006. He just gets it(or maybe just me). He has complete command of his artistic vision. He is simply a master of this medium. He understands how to use visuals to sell a scene, and he knows when we, the audience, need a break. He drives this thing exactly where it should go, leaving you satisfied and contemplative. There is no twist, no ambiguous final shot. Just enough mystery to stave off inevitability. It can’t be stated enough that there is too little of this in the industry today. There is too much emphasis on “bright, shiny things and loud noises.” I saw this in 2D. And, I know seeing it in 3D would have just left me with a headache and thinner wallet instead of with an incredible heartache and smile on my face. I know deep down that no one was really in space in this movie. But, it takes some pretty special special effects to trick your mind into believing what you’re seeing. There is zero excuse for bad sfx nowadays. This movie proves it. After all of this, I have yet to mention much of the plot. And, I’m not going to. If you’ve seen the previews, you know all you need to going into this thing. Just know, you’re in for a ride. One that may just move you. That may leave you contemplating life’s magnificent, big questions. And that is simply what great art does. I can’t recommend this breathtakingly beautiful film enough. You won’t be disappointed.

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Joshua has been an avid fan of movies since he first saw Indiana Jones escape that rolling boulder and resoundingly punch Nazis to death. Forever wrestling with the notion of "why" in movies, he believes there is such a thing as "A Perfect Film."