It had been a week since the debacle that was Runner Runner and I was even more reluctant about 2013 movies, that is until I realized Gravity was being released in our cinemas. This was quite a relief as this is probably ‘the quickest film to hit our screens following international release in recent times’. More of that here
Anyway if you follow movie news or are an ardent movie enthusiast (hopefully you are), you would have heard the buzz surrounding the release of the movie Gravity, and so that its not only oyinbo people that are making noise, your favourite movie reviewer ran to watch the film. (We sef must talk na)
Here is the result…..
Ejor, Mbok, Biko, Please, All the other languages……GO & WATCH THIS FILM!!!
In an era where film makers are getting lazy, where everyone just wants to follow some formula, create some film & expect stupendous returns, GRAVITY is a breath of NEW AIR! This movie was an absolutely, amazing, exhiliarating thrill of a film to watch…..
When I had given up on being wowed by a movie in 2013, Gravity comes to the rescue.
That is not to say it was perfect as it lacked a couple of things:
- Character Development: Things started happening really fast. Before we got to really know/connect with the characters too many WOWing things started happening and all the points where they wanted us to connect with the characters were not very effective which made the film not as heartfelt as it could have been.
- A more compelling plot…. I realize Sandra Bullock’s past experience was paramount in the story but it was over shadowed also by the sheer awesomeness of what was happening on the screen.
- Length…. It almost felt like the film makers were so busy showing off with the film that they didn’t think adding more of a story was important. I believe if this movie was longer, it could have been paced differently, and maybe A & B above could have been avoided.
Apart from the above listed, any lover of good film making would love Gravity as it takes the crown for best film making of 2013 so far in my books.
This is quite a shock to me because Gravity was made by Alfonso Cuaron, the man I blame for the slow & steady demise of the Harry Potter films from the third installment. I guess he’s an amazing director even after he botched it there and you can’t hold his past ‘sins’ against him
P.S: THIS IS NOT A FEEL GOOD FILM!!!!!! It is not a film with all the formula people have got so used to in films these days. It is a creation! So don’t expect to like it if that’s what you’re expecting.
If you don’t believe me, ask the young ladies behind me in the cinema who declared they had made the worst mistake of their night choosing to watch the same movie I was thoroughly enjoying.
I was a bit tempted to tell them to go home and watch Africa Magic, but I’m too nice for that *wink*.