The hype around Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity has been building up for months now. From that very first one-and-a-half minute teaser, released about five months ago, it was obvious that Gravity wouldn't be a pass-by flick, despite what the seemingly unbecoming coupling of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney suggested (to some, not me, I've always had a certain liking and appreciation for Bullock). I can now say that the hype: totally upheld, not that I had a doubt, especially after the second trailer was released.
Cuarón's persistence in making everything impeccably faithful to reality is very evident. Everything is, or at least it seems to be, uncannily realistic. The opening 17 minute-long continuous shot throws you right in the openness of space: In all its disobedient, nightmarishly involuntary, gravity-less floating glory. In 17 minutes –in one single take– we go from the mere feeling of a lurking threat to experiencing absolute and fully-blown chaos. (The film's tagline "Don't Let Go" couldn't be more fitting.)
From there on, every single scene is an experience (as much of a cliché as this may sound). The visual aspect of it all is unbelievable! Every single frame of the film is photographically flawless. Every emotion is veraciously passed on to the viewer: Bullock's character finds herself immersed in an oxygen-abundant environment at some point, and the feeling of relief is so dense, it's contagious. Steven Price's music build-ups synchronized to spine-tingling visuals make that all the more effective.
The whole film is "a ride"; a beautifully woven one. Ironically enough, despite the fact that everything takes place in outer space, where gravity is absent and everything floats in absolute (ostensible) lightness, every scene, every occurrence, almost every word spoken over the span of the movie, bears sincere and sonorously heavy importance. (Or maybe I found myself in an overanalyzing state of mind.) In a similar way, everything that floats in outer space bears a significant weight when found on earth.
I wish I could write what I felt in that very last scene of the film, (emotions run high, FYI), but that would just be unfair (and a spoiler).