This summer was a dry spell for good movies (as you can see by my recap) however this fall/winter looks like it could save the year. The first big movie of the fall is Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and the early reviews were incredible.
Jake came down yesterday (10/6) after work. Before we went to go see Gravity we first went and had dinner at Benihana's in Newport Beach. This has become one of our go-to places when Jake comes down. We got to the restaurant at 5:30 and the place was packed. Luckily we had reservations and were seated with a middle eastern family in the back. We had an awesome dinner and an incredible chef who prepared the meal in the teppan in front of us. Always a good time when we go to Benhihana's.
After dinner we went to the Tustin District AMC and saw Gravity in 2D at 8:15. We knew it would be busy but when we got our tickets at 7:30, a line had already formed to get into the theater. We ended up getting good seats and enjoyed some popcorn while we waited for the movie to start. I've got to say overall I liked Gravity but I wasn't as in love with it as the critics. Sandra Bullock did an incredible job and I thought stole the show. The visuals were incredible as well; never has a movie captured space in such a realistic and captivating way.
However the movie itself moved from somewhat believable to ridiculously hard to believe within a half hour. There is an inner-struggle for Bullock's character that is evident within the first act of the movie and I felt like they exploited that as her rationale for all of her decisions later in the movie, and I'm not sure the two correlated. Does ones own survival have to hinge on one past event?
Regardless I still enjoyed Gravity and was well worth seeing in theaters. Just from the technology alone the movie is fascinating and combine that with great acting from both Bullock and Clooney and you have a good movie. It just didn't hit the right notes for to think it was as great as everyone made it out to be.