The Experience of ‘Gravity’: My Spoiler-Free Review

gravity movie reviewJust. Wow.

Add a huge exhale of bated breath, and that’s pretty much the feeling I walked out with after watching Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi and hugely action-packed ‘Gravity’ starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. If you’re looking for a movie to scare your pants off, leave you in dumbfounded awe and maybe even make you shed a tear, this one will do it. Reviews of of this blockbuster can be found abound, so I’ll spare you the intelligent breakdown of why and why not everyone succeeded to deliver a great movie and just tell you my thoughts walking in, watching and walking out. No spoilers, promise.

My Expectations of ‘Gravity’

When I first saw the trailer for ‘Gravity’ a couple of months ago, I was skeptical of how good the movie was going to be. The entire trailer was action-packed, and there didn’t seem to be any build-up to the plot. It was made pretty clear early on that the main characters suffer some catastrophic event in space that leaves their lives in peril — but that was pretty much it. No back story, no ambiguous reference to the outcome, just — boom — the thick of the plot. The grave state of things actually seemed a bit melodramatic and cheesy at first. But what did pique my interest were the names behind the movie. With only two main actors, and they being Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — two people who are synonymous with acclaimed performances in serious roles — I was definitely interested. They wouldn’t just sign on for any old cheesy sci-fi flick. And then another name grabbed my attention: Alfonso Cuarón.

Now, I’m not going to lie — the first thing I thought when I saw his name was ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, but let’s not forget that this was a pretty big hit. My interest rose even more. This was indeed a really unexpected mix of people behind a movie that could totally be super sensational movie about getting lost in space. But you had me at wondering, ‘Gravity’, you had me wondering!

The Experience of Watching ‘Gravity’

After hearing pretty good reviews about the movie and reading the reports of its opening success at the box office, I thought I’d finally go see what the fuss was all about. And if I was going to see an sci-fi movie taking place in space, I was going to do it right and watch it in IMAX 3D.

Best. Decision. Ever.

It made all the difference to watch something so heavily packed with special effects, beautiful cinematography and action sequences on a huge screen and in 3D. Watching ‘Gravity’ like this was truly an experience right off the bat. Being in space with Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kalowsky (George Clooney) was more like actually being in space with them — or as close as you could be, anyway. For a space nerd like me, it was hauntingly beautiful and a little frightening at the same time. The action sequences are just so larger than life with the surround sound and floor-to-ceiling IMAX screen that I don’t think watching the movie any other way is even doing it justice.

What you should know is that if you’re faint of heart, this really might not be the movie for you (especially not in IMAX 3D). The reason the trailer jumps straight into the plot is that the movie does too. There’s not a lot of guesswork here as to what the movie is about — pretty much from the get-go you know that shit just hit the fan in space. I was on the edge of my seat for almost the entirety of the 90 minutes with bated breath just waiting for the next succession of catastrophic events — and they are all pretty intense.

Also, Cuarón seemed to have really wanted you to “experience” this movie whether you watched it in IMAX 3D or at home on DVD because when I say you’re in space, I mean you are in space. Don’t expect the camera angles to adjust for your viewing pleasure when the characters are spinning around in weightlessness and doing things upside down and all topsy-turvy due to the lack of gravity. Your tolerance for motion sickness might also be something you should definitely take into consideration before buying a ticket.

Walking Out of ‘Gravity’

When I left the movie, I honestly felt like I had spent 90 minutes in another world. The entire movie takes place in space, no flashbacks to their lives before the mission, nothing. It was honestly the most overwhelming and unexpected feeling to be a little disoriented standing up and walking out with — well — gravity. It sounds bizarre, but try being completely lost in space with no one else for hours (like Bullock and Clooney pretty much are), and having the lights turn on to a theater full of people will feel a little strange to you too.

If you’re hoping for a more well-developed story plot, you may be disappointed. This movie is what it looks like: an action-packed, sci-fi thriller. Not to say that there isn’t a secondary story, but it’s pretty much about surviving in weightless space. You will walk out with an immense appreciation for the special effects teams and Cuarón’s imaginative storytelling though, not to mention a mix of awe and deathly fear of space beyond Earth’s pretty blue skies. If there’s ever been a time when I felt completely at a loss for words for the mystery and magic that is the universe beyond our atmosphere, it was after watching ‘Gravity’. If you’ve ever even gandered a speculation as to what it would be like to really be “lost in space,” this movie will give you a pretty hair-raising scenario.

All in all, I really liked ‘Gravity’. I can’t say enough that it was definitely something you have to experience to really enjoy, and I highly recommend watching it in IMAX 3D if you have the option to really do the movie justice. Sandra Bullock’s performance is one for the books, and George Clooney does what he does the best — plays a good role and makes you fall in love with him. Definitely a movie worth spending a few extra bucks on to watch it right!


Where Were Harry Potter’s Famous Green Eyes?

Anyone who has been within a five mile radius of a TV, book store or movie theater in the last 10 years (at least) knows who Harry Potter is. Ironically, the boy wizard became just as infamous in the real “muggle” world as he was in his own magical world created by Mummy Rowling.

Knowing Harry Potter even in the slightest means you should be aware of these basic facts:

  1. He has a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead
  2. He looks like his father.
  3. He has green eyes — like his mother’s.

These were the physical attributes that made Harry famous, and were — even to his great annoyance — repeatedly noted in the books. This is what made him instantly recognizable as “The Boy Who Lived.”

The moviemakers recreated almost every detail in J.K. Rowling’s famous world, from tricky spells and fantasy creatures to live paintings and moving staircases. Therefore, it was no question that the three most important characteristics about Harry would be on point – so basic, yet so very integral to the books.

The lighting scar made it, and they even found a man to play Harry’s dad, James, who actually looked like Daniel Radcliffe for the memory scenes. And yet Harry’s famously green eyes were always unmistakably blue. This was the mistake they could’ve made when they had to magically (no pun intended) create an entire fantasy world — they couldn’t get the main character’s eye color right?

Not one director thought it was important enough to buy a pair of green contacts for Daniel Radcliffe to wear – even in the scenes when the topic irrevocably focused on the fact that “Harry looked just like James but had Lily’s eyes.” Never were his eyes green! Never! Was I the only one who noticed this and found myself infuriated at such a magnanimous discrepancy between the book and movie? A pair of contacts, people — or hello, CGI?!

Do any of these pictures look like Harry has his mother’s green eyes? No.

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…In My Pants

Sometimes it’s just fun to be silly and inappropriate. Anyone who has been around me in a casual setting knows that I love to live by this philosophy and it’s great when others can do it with you. There’s always a limit but sometimes being a little inappropriate and adding a dash of immature to your mix of silly can still good clean fun!

For the last 2 days, one of Twitter’s most popular trends has been: #improvefilmtitlesbyaddinginmypants (aka Improve film titles by adding ‘in my pants’). The fact that it is still trending more steadfastly than ever goes to show you that sometimes people just need to be a little boisterous to laugh off all the other crap that’s going on. Now before I dive into any more cliches and cheesy tales about stopping to smell the roses or riding with the car top down, I’d like to share with you my best compilation. Drum roll please…












Movie Titles Improved by Adding ‘In My Pants’

  1. Fools Rush In My Pants
  2. Gone With the Wind In My Pants
  3. Pride and Prejudice In My Pants
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In My Pants
  5. Titanic In My Pants
  6. Batman Begins In My Pants
  7. Batman Returns In My Pants
  8. Batman Forever In My Pants
  9. Scream In My Pants
  10. Jawbreaker In My Pants
  11. Saving Private Ryan In My Pants
  12. Sin City In My Pants
  13. Up In My Pants
  14. Rocky In My Pants
  15. Kill Bill In My Pants
  16. Rosemary’s Baby In My Pants
  17. King Kong In My Pants
  18. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly In My Pants
  19. It’s a Wonderful Life In My Pants
  20. Some Like it Hot In My Pants
  21. Million Dollar Baby In My Pants
  22. Into the Wild In My Pants
  23. The 400 Blows In My Pants
  24. High Noon In My Pants
  25. American Beauty In My Pants
Now, you dirty minded ones out there – take these titles for what you want to! Hope you don’t think I’m too crude – some of them are too good to skip!
I would love to hear your funny movie titles improved with ‘in my pants’!

Official Deathly Hallows Trailer

My, oh, my it has been a WHILE since I’ve visited my blog to  talk news and other random things, but when the time comes to spread the word, I’m back. In light of my favorite book series turned movie series, I’d like to spread the official Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie trailer for viewing!

Although I don’t remember too much about the last book except it was chock-full of goodies, this movie looks phenomenal. And smart job on the director and production company’s part to split up the movie so as not to make the same mistake they did in Half-Blood Prince by cutting half of the vital information out of the movie. This is it. The Harry Potter mega-series is about to come to a close after 10 years and they’ve got to do it big. And big it will be.

Check out the trailer below:

Katherine Heigl in a Romantic Comedy?! Noooo…

You know how there are those actors and actresses who get type casted and always appear in the same type of roles over and over again, in the same types of movies over and over again? Good thing Katherine Heigl isn’t one of those actresses and she doesn’t ever appear in romantic comedies! Otherwise the release of the her new romantic comedy Killers, with Ashton Kutcher, this summer wouldn’t surprise anyone! I mean, when have we ever seen her play a romantic, quirky, wise-ass? Surely not in 27 Dresses, Knocked Up, or The Ugly Truth!

Excuse the streaks of dripping sarcasm on your screen, but I’m just a TAD sick of seeing this actress in essentially the SAME role 4 times over! My fellow Grey’s fans will know (and most likely agree) that Katie Heigl is definitely capable of whipping out a few well-acted dramatic scenes (e.g. the death of Denny Duquette *tear*), but for some reason she is intent on playing the not-so-cute-anymore-smart-ass who gets thrown off her high horse in time to fall in love with the leading man role. Ugh! If you’re interested in watching the highly original romantic comedy this summer – it’ll be out in theaters June 4th.

Here’s the trailer – am I crazy to think this looks just like all the other movies?!:

Harry Potter Fever

ABC Family hosted a Harry Potter Weekend this weekend by playing a marathon of movies 1-5. It was quite nostalgic, really. Reliving the movies that have spanned the last DECADE definitely brought back memories of my childhood. Since Danielle Radcliffe and co. are about the same age as I am,  I’ve seen them grow up along with me. And since boys really do sprout up overnight — it was a shocker every time a new movie came out just how much older Harry and Ron looked, while Hermione subtly matured year by year. Perhaps the greatest change I noticed, though, was between Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban. Chamber showed a blossoming Hermione — probably going through “the change.” Ron and Harry (and Malfoy — whom I thought, as a 12-year-old, was CA-UUUTEE in this movie) all of a sudden had cracking voices. But then — POW, in Prisoner — they lost all their baby fat, grew half a foot each, and all of a sudden turned into teenagers. Even Hermione lost her long locks for a shorter, more “hip” ‘do. You can clearly see that transformation below….

Trio in CoS

Trio in PoA

The next few movies showed gradual changes but in the recent clips for part 1 of Deathly Hallows  the gang is GROWN-UP! Harry looks like he’s sporting some facial hair and Ron looks even taller. All in all- it’s really crazy to see this group of kids to go from scrawny kids to mature adults! After part 2 premieres next summer — it’ll have been 11 years since the start of Harry Potter mania! (Well — the movies anyway…) Can’t wait for November!!!