Alfonso Cuarón | Gravity
One of my biggest regrets in life is not going to see Gravity in an IMAX theater. Still, regretfully watching on a 13.5 inch Mac screen, Gravity was a sight to behold. If you’ll excuse the horrific pun, Cuaron’s directing in Gravity was out of this world. Not long before watching Gravity, my life was riveted by Children of Men. Gravity’s open spaces were vastly different than Children of Men’s claustrophobic confines but it has the same distinct flavor. It isn’t too much of a stretch to say there is no other director making movies with the style of Cuaron. Compared to directing in 12 Years A Slave (Steve McQueen), The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese), Nebraska (Alexander Payne), and American Hustle (David O. Russel), the directing in Gravity is revolutionary.
I won’t pretend to be an expert in directing, cinematography, or any of the amazing technical elements of the film but I know when I see something cool. Gravity was cool. It explored space in a way no other movie has before and it barely left the Earth’s atmosphere. There wasn’t a movement out of place or action wasted. Gravity takes us on a journey from life to death to rebirth back to life. The movie is riddled with symbolism that could only be put in place by a visionary director. And that’s what Cuaron is, he’s a revolutionary visionary.
As an aside, not that I think he should win but Spike Jonze should have been nominated for the Best Director award.