In his first film since 2007, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón fuses the Hollywood spectacle and indie drama. There’s is no denying the movie’s technical achievements. Its use of single takes and selective sound design make “Gravity” breathtaking and immersive, worthy of the multiple accolades piled upon it. Honestly, its use of computer generated imagery, along with Emmanuel Luzbeki’s digital cinematography, achieve the impossible: photographic realism.
However, I do see some of Cuarón’s weaker tendencies as a filmmaker manifest themselves for the first time since his adaptation of “Great Expectations.” Cuarón’s long been a fan of visual allusion and allegorical narratives, sometimes at the expense of his characters. I thought that with, "Y Tu Mamá También", Cuarón mastered the ability to build three dimensional characters to serve these higher thematic aims.
But, these issues rear their head again in “Gravity.” There were moments where emotionality felt rushed, often through clunky dialogue or moments of telegraphed motivation. My problems with the film come from my own disappointment in its lack of emotional density, the kind I connected to deeply in ”Y Tu Mamá También” and "Children of Men."
Despite these issues, “Gravity” is masterful film and is achievements in the medium are undeniable. This one is a game changer.