James Cameron on Cuarón's 'Gravity': 'The Best Space Film Ever Done'
Gravity. It's almost time. It's almost here. To continue hyping up this extraordinary sci-fi movie, which I've finally seen and would argue is my favorite movie of the year, we've got quotes from the master himself - James Cameron. Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón turned to some of his friends, like Cameron, for advice and support while developing and finishing Gravity - out on October 4th. In an article on Variety about the movie finally being released, they include a few direct quotes from James Cameron who praises the sci-fi work, saying "it's the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time." Same here. Luckily it delivers.
Gravity is co-written by Alfonso Cuarón & his son Jonas Cuarón, and took over four years to finish. It finally premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals last week, where I caught it (read my glowing review). Cameron screened the finished movie a few weeks ago and seemed to love it as much as I did, delivering hyperbole similar to what I wrote in my review. But it's an incredible movie that deserves this kind of hype.
"I was stunned, absolutely floored," he says. "I think it's the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time."
"What is interesting is the human dimension," Cameron says. "Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity."
I couldn't agree more, Mr. Cameron. What he says about how hungry he was to see a movie like this is kind of exactly what I said in my review, about how this is the space sci-fi movie that is unlike anything we've seen in cinema history. And it's not just the visual effects that he's talking about, but everything else about the script and story and the performances of lead actors George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Cameron goes on to explain few more thoughts about Gravity and how impressive it is that Cuarón pulled all this off.
"I read the script, and I thought it was tremendously challenging to shoot with a high degree of veracity to get the real look of zero gravity," Cameron says. He recommended some performance-capture techniques he'd used on "Avatar," but Cuaron opted for a different route.
"I'm sure Alfonso had a real uphill battle with the studio, with everyone involved, to get it the way it needed to look. But he knew in his mind how it needed to look, and he went after it."
Cameron explains why it's so important to recognize the achievements: "There's an art to that, to creating moments that seem spontaneous but are very highly rehearsed and choreographed. Not too many people can do it... I think it’s really important for people in Hollywood to understand what was accomplished here." If that isn't enough if a testimonial to convince you to see Gravity, then I'm not sure what else there is that I (or anyone) can say. But I'll continue to reiterate just how phenomenal and groundbreaking and extraordinary this movie is. It's a masterpiece and one of the best sci-fi creations in a long time. Even James Cameron, the master of modern sci-fi, recognizes that. This movie is a big kick in the ass for the sci-fi genre.
I'm planning on seeing Gravity many, many times in theaters. It's easily one of my all-time favorites, as I explained in my review, for many personal reasons. The same kind of reasons that I think Cameron was "hungry to see for an awful long time." Do not miss Gravity, it's the cinematic experience of the year, if not the decade. We'll continue to build up buzz and post updates leading up to its release in theaters in a month.