Saw “Gravity”

Saw “Gravity” October 21, 2013

Wow.  Just wow.  Best film I’ve seen this year.  Absolutely bravura film-making.

And *all* about baptism and rebirth.  Dunno if Cuaron is a Catholic (probably not, is my guess), but his imagination is entirely Catholic, whether he is aware of it or not.  This is a classic example of what critic Jeffrey Overstreet calls the “inescapability of the gospel” in good art.

Go see it.  A terrifying, exhilarating, painful, and beautiful piece of film-making.  One of the greatest films ever made.

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  • Andrew Campbell

    yet Overstreet himself detested and objected to it.

    • chezami

      Even Michael Jordan misses layups. 🙂 No accounting for taste.

    • Evan

      Overstreet did not detest it. He admired parts of it and found other parts frustrating.

      I enjoyed Gravity quite a bit, but not as much as everyone else seems to be. It won’t make my top ten this year, and probably not even my top twenty. But I’m happy to see people enjoying a film with as much technical craft as Gravity.

  • AquinasMan

    Won’t spoil it, but the last two minutes of the film were quite moving… Some serious imagery.

  • Didn’t seem so magnificent to me (not “one of the greatest films ever made” by any stretch), and the “spiritual” motive seemed to me rather irrelevat (bluntly vague, I’d say) – one could relate it to baptism and rebirth, and even the gospel (too much for me), others prefer to read in it some new age or pantheistic anti-creationist messages:
    Anyway, it’s a notable film, and it’s fun to watch.

  • I love it when movies inadvertently ooze Catholic themes 🙂

  • My Sisters’ Brother

    The fetus in the womb, birth from water, crawling, and walking progression shows a clear rebirth theme. However, the Buddha statue in the same place of the St. Christopher Holy Card signals religious equivalence to me.

    • Noah Doyle

      I don’t see it as religious equivalence at all. I see it as a common bond of faith, of whatever sort, among people who travel into one of the most inhospitable environments and then trust in a metal can to get them home. Note that both ships, the Soyuz and the Shenzhou, were designed and built by atheist empires*. I don’t think it was coincidental that Cuaron put symbols of faith in those machines.

      *Admittedly, Russia is no longer the metropole of an atheist empire, but Soyuz was a product of the USSR. Russia keeps making them, because they work.

  • Mariana Baca

    Cuaron is not Catholic — he has stated as much in an interview, and some of his other movies are not exactly devout… ahem, y tu mama tambien….. But, being from a Catholic culture, wouldn’t surprise me if that “language” has permeated his outlook. In the interview I read about Children of Men, for example, he explains that the movie is about Hope, and he notices people who are especially hopeful see the movie as hopeful while those who aren’t, don’t. And he highlights getting a lot of feedback from Catholics as seeing the movie as very Catholic and hopeful, even though it wasn’t his intent to send a message; his intent was just to portray what hope would look like.

    Anyway, I really like Cuaron as a director, Catholic or not.

    • Children of Men was a good movie. Lots of allegory about where our culture is going (even if it is via hyperbole)

  • Elmwood

    meh, I’ll take the 1988 Tom Cruise classic Cocktail with its stunning themes on “cougars” and “bartender poetry” any day over fancy cinematography and “catholic rebirth” themes, whatever that is.

    • Don’t down-vote a great joke like this. 🙂

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Andrei Rublev, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Very long, unhurried, rewards patience with great power. You need to bring all you have to this film. Most Christian, but not an apologetic or a bringer of happy endings. Pulls no punches.

    I’ve seen it at least three times, and get more out of each viewing, visually and spiritually. Some scenes stunning, raise the hair on your head.

    • tj.nelson

      I love that film.

      • Pavel Chichikov

        Me too. Also awed.

    • Mariana Baca

      I’m a bad person. Did not enjoy the film. Not sure why. I have trouble with B&W movies in general, for some reason. (hard for me to tell what is going on — my brain is just bad at that processing).

  • I’m going on Friday. Do you recommend 3D?

    • 3-D is almost never worth it. I saw Avatar and the Hobbit in 3-D, and I didn’t think it enhanced the story-telling or the experience one bit.

      • Mariana Baca

        I prefered the Hobbit in 2-d, frankly. I would not have minded high frame rate but 2d, but alas, did not see that available.

    • Barbara Fryman

      This movie is different. I HATE 3D, but this movie is a must in 3D. It adds tension in a great way

    • orual’s kindred

      I saw it in 2D and 3D, and I wept in both.

  • I loved it. It’s not the greatest movie ever made, but it’s a better movie by a darn-sight than most I’ve seen in the last few years. (I watched Peter Jackson’s Hobbit the night before, and that movie gave me hives.)

  • Thomas

    “One of the greatest films ever made.”…you need to get a dvd player.

  • Curio

    Themes and visuals were good… but so full of awful tropes!

    I couldn’t find a name for the one I have in mind, but the closest is
    or maybe

    Gravity was so full of instances that took me out of the film by their sheer ridiculousness. Murphy’s law on overdrive! No opportunity for disaster was passed up, with Dr. Stone getting the narrowest possible escape each. and. every. time!

    Even if it weren’t for the conversion subplot this would still be a religious movie, because only God could protect this character from so many close-calls.

    • B

      I have to agree. So many disasters and escapes to be taken seriously. At the very last scene, I was expecting her to fight an alligator or shark. I couldn’t believe she swam to shore without something bad happening.

  • CradleRevert

    A couple of other Catholic moments I noted during the movie:

    1. Just prior to Sandra Bullock’s epiphany moment, she laments that if she were to die alone in space, she would leave no one behind to pray for her soul. That’s a very Catholic thing to say.

    2. Shortly after that same moment, she’s speaking to the George Clooney character (whom she presumes to be dead) and asks him to pass on a message to her deceased daughter. Asking the dead to do things for us…also a very Catholic thing to do.