There was a lot of buzz surrounding ‘Gravity’ when it was first announced. Alfonso Cuaron’s last film was the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated classic ‘Children of Men’, and Gravity’s script was said to be one of the most unique and beautiful scripts written in sci-fi genre. However, from all reports, casting ended up being a nightmare for the producers. It was originally announced that Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. were set to take the leads, but Angie reportedly asked for $20 million and the studio turned her down. Then, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively [LOL] were both rumored to be up for the role [a.k.a. Blake’s publicist paid the studio to put her name on the shortlist], but that too passed over. Robert Downey Jr. also had to pass because of scheduling conflicts, and for a while there it looked like the project might have to be scrapped completely.
Eventually, the roles ended up going to Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – which means the studio really didn’t have to settle. After all, Bullock’s record of commercial success is nearly unmatched and you can’t get hotter than George Clooney in Hollywood right now. And in the wake of the trailer’s release yesterday, it looks like the studio made the right decision to keep the movie on track.
Just from the trailer, it looks like Alfonso Cuaron has managed to craft a film that is both introspective, action packed, and breathtaking by turns. Who would have thought that Lost In Space: Adrift would look so interesting? There are a lot of people who are not able to watch this trailer without having panic attacks – getting lost in deep space is much like getting lost in the ocean, and that is most people’s worst nightmare.
In fact, the only thing that really bugged me about this trailer was that the view from the space station [or whatever that it] just looks so…fake. I realize that there’s no actual way to make this look realistic and it will probably look a lot better in the movie, but I can’t seem to summon up any feelings of dread when the Earth looks like a painting done behind green screen.
Besides that minor complaint, I am all over the movie and its tone. It’s like a combination of Lost in Space and Castaway. I’m calling it right now – Sandra Bullock for a Best Actress nomination in 2014. I’d say she will win, but after seeing the August: Osage County trailer, there’s no way in hell anyone’s beating Meryl Streep.