It’s a vicious circle, folks.
I’ve been getting such good views (You know, for me) because of my Oscar and Razzie reviews that I’m afraid to do my planned articles about baseball, because my previous baseball posts didn’t garner that much interest. Eh, what are you gonna do?
Anyways, the next movie I’m reviewing pretty much dominated the Academy Awards, taking home seven awards out of ten nominations.
Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Produced by: Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman
Written by: Alfonso Cuaron and his son, Jonas Cuaron
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Science-Fiction
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Other Actors: Ed Harris, Phaldut Sharma, Orto Ignatiussen
Oscar Nominations (Wins in Bold): Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score (Steven Price) Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture
Plot: The location? Spaaaaaaaaaccceeeee!!!!….
Medical engineer Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is, for some reason, on her first space shuttle mission, aboard the space shuttle Explorer, accompanied by seasoned, chatty astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who is planning to retire after this trip to the heavens, and the crew of the Explorer. During a spacewalk to service the Hubble Telescope, Mission Control in Houston (Ed Harris) warns the space walkers about a cloud of debris heading their way. This debris was caused by the Russians blowing up one of their satellites. I guess Russia hasn’t been making the soundest decisions lately.
Despite the early warning, Stone and Kowalski get caught in the debris storm, which kills the rest of the crew and flings the two survivors into space.
That’s all I’m gonna say about the plot, because, in all honesty, plot was DEFINITELY not the main focus of this film. All they needed was the most basic excuse to get these characters into space, and you know what? Even if I’m still wondering what the hell a goddamn medical engineer was doing operating the goddamn Hubble telescope, I’m perfectly fine to let that slide, because if it leads up to the special effects that followed the initial incident, then I don’t care if Sandra Bullock’s character was a fucking veterinarian.
There isn’t much that I could say about the special effects (And overall look) of this movie that hasn’t already been said, but I just can’t resist gushing about this movie. It is, without a doubt the best-looking movie I have ever seen. Period. Never has a movie captured the atmosphere of space so realistically, and that more than makes up for the minor plot holes in the beginning.
Acting: I’ve never been that into Sandra Bullock before (Though she was great in The Blind Side, which I loved, by the way), but she was pretty awesome in this movie, perfectly capturing her character’s arc from being, well, the scared little bitch that most of us would be if we were floating freely through space to the determined badass, fighting her way back to Planet Earth.
And, while some of his lines were kinda cheesy, I liked George Clooney in this movie as well, as the cocky veteran astronaut. I’m not gonna say his performance was Oscar-worthy, but hey, it wasn’t out of place and I could tell he was having fun with his character, so I’d say he deserves an “Attaboy!”, at least.
The script, however, didn’t earn and probably didn’t deserve a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. It’s not like it was terrible or bad, even. It did what it needed to do to move along the plot so we could see more spacey shit and listen to the amazing soundtrack. You can’t ask for much more than that, but I didn’t find it Oscar-nod worthy. It just didn’t seem that special to me.
What Oscar Nominations/Wins Did it Deserve?
- Best Visual Effects: Uh, fucking YES. Any other movie winning this travesty would’ve been a travesty.
- Best Sound Mixing: …Okay?
- Best Sound Editing: Um….It sounded good, so sure. What the hell’s the difference between sound mixing and sound editing again?
- Best Original Score: Hell yeah. The beautiful soundtrack by Steven Price really captured the intense feel of this film, especially during the climax.
- Best Film Editing: I’m still unsure about what this is, but why the hell not?
- Best Production Design: I haven’t seen The Great Gatsby yet, so I’m withholding judgement, but hey’re gonna have to do a lot to convince me that a movie with a 49% from Rotten Tomatoes could trump this fantastic movie.
- Best Cinematography: Absolutely. I don’t see how any of these other nominees could even compare.
- Best Actress: Again, I’m reserving judgement, because I haven’t seen all of the other nominees, bout out of the ones I’ve seen, she’s been my favourite.
- Best Director: I can only imagine how much of a pain in the ass this must have been for Mexican director (And Guillermo del Toro associate) Alfonso Cuaron to shoot, and he still did an impeccable job of it.
- Best Film: Nomination? Yes. Win? Nope.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
P.S. I correctly predicted most of the Oscar categories, much to my surprise, but there were still movies that I hadn’t seen that won major categories and, as a result, have been added to my review queue. They are:
- The Great Gatsby
- The Great Beauty
- Blue Jasmine
There was also a movie added to my queue of Razzie reviews, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Oh well, at least Madea is nowhere to be found in this one.