When last we spoke about Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, it was to tell you of the positive response and early Oscar buzz it was receiving out of the 70th Annual Venice Film Festival. Now, as it heads toward Toronto before its October 4th release date, some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters are lending their support to the film. James Cameron had no reservations in calling Gravity “the best space film ever done” while praising not just the technical achievements, but the performance of Sandra Bullock. Hit the jump to see what else he had to say.
Here’s what Cameron had to say in reaction to seeing Cuarón’s Gravity (via Variety):
“I was stunned, absolutely floored. 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. Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.”
He further comments on Bullock’s performance:
“She’s the one that had to take on this unbelievable challenge to perform it. (It was) probably no less demanding than a Cirque du Soleil performer, from what I can see … 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.”
Cameron also commented on the technical aspects of the film:
“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 … 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.”
Be sure to head over to Variety to read up on much more from Cuarón’s Gravity, opening October 4th.