James Cameron Calls Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY the “Best Space Film Ever Done”

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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.

gravity-poster-george-clooneyHere’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.




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  • Lance

    How interesting! I was going to see this before, but now it sounds like a real special achievement.

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  • rhizomeman

    Interesting…I wish Europa Report had received similar attention from the geek movie sites – that movie is the BEST sci-fi in years.

    • TheDevil’sAdvocate

      Eh, it was OK. Wouldn’t go around calling it the Best.

      • rhizomeman

        Fair enough – what do you consider the BEST sci-fi movie in years?

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        Well, best Space movie in years? Sunshine. It explored the psychology of man’s place in the universe perfectly by focusing on the relationship between man and God (as presented by the all powerful Sun). Also similar to Europa Report in that no one’s really fucking one another.

        Best SciFi in recent years though…probably going with Moon.

      • rhizomeman

        My other two favorites:) However, the survivor guy at the end of Sunshine brought it down a few notches for me.

      • mbmarquis69

        I have to agree. That entire last portion gave “Sunshine” too much of an “Event Horizon” feel, which I was not a fan of.

      • Oolie zool

        While it was a far far better movie overall, I’ve always compared sunshine to event horizon in the way it changed directions in a way that completely pulled me out of the movie.

      • rhizomeman

        My other two favorites:) However, the survivor guy at the end of Sunshine brought it down a few notches for me.

      • Joey Patterson

        If the last third of Sunshine had been as good as the first two thirds, it would undoubtedly be one of the greatest sci fi films ever made. Fuck, I hate that slasher 180 so goddamn much, what the hell was Boyle smoking?? The direction becomes TERRIBLE, and yet Kaneida’s death, I’d argue, might be the single greatest scene in an scifi film. Kaneida… WHAT DO YOU SEE??

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        Hm. I’d argue that it’s not a slasher 180 but a natural progression of the plot. You see Pinbaker has become a distortion – highly volatile due to his proximity to the Sun/God. The Zealot to Kapa’s Non-Believer if you will. His violence and desire to let the mission fail is the ultimate test because he’s the embodiment of everything they’re fighting. Additionally, during Pinbaker’s spree he only really claims one victim (directly. Indirectly…well, you’ve seen the film) – and even she doesn’t die until the Airlock breech. The distortions/kaleidoscopic effect whenever Pinbaker is around is merely meant to distort him in a way that 1.) shows what he is a visual metaphor for 2.) make him creepier by never getting a good look at his 3.) likely shoddy in places make up (no offense to the make up artist – I have not seen set photos of Mark Strong in his make up but I’m betting that the distortions meant not covering him as thoroughly with the materials).

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        Hm. I’d argue that it’s not a slasher 180 but a natural progression of the plot. You see Pinbaker has become a distortion – highly volatile due to his proximity to the Sun/God. The Zealot to Kapa’s Non-Believer if you will. His violence and desire to let the mission fail is the ultimate test because he’s the embodiment of everything they’re fighting. Additionally, during Pinbaker’s spree he only really claims one victim (directly. Indirectly…well, you’ve seen the film) – and even she doesn’t die until the Airlock breech. The distortions/kaleidoscopic effect whenever Pinbaker is around is merely meant to distort him in a way that 1.) shows what he is a visual metaphor for 2.) make him creepier by never getting a good look at his 3.) likely shoddy in places make up (no offense to the make up artist – I have not seen set photos of Mark Strong in his make up but I’m betting that the distortions meant not covering him as thoroughly with the materials).

      • Joey Patterson

        If the last third of Sunshine had been as good as the first two thirds, it would undoubtedly be one of the greatest sci fi films ever made. Fuck, I hate that slasher 180 so goddamn much, what the hell was Boyle smoking?? The direction becomes TERRIBLE, and yet Kaneida’s death, I’d argue, might be the single greatest scene in an scifi film. Kaneida… WHAT DO YOU SEE??

      • BetterCallBobLobLaw

        Sunshone is the best scifi of the 2000s. The hating on the “slasher” act is ridiculous. It would have been silly for them to keep dying from mechanical nature and the antagonist worked as a metaphor for earth being dried up and withered and fighting its own survival. The ending was still great. I dont thinl ive ever seen a movie where I was so happy with tears of joy that someone sacrificed themselves.

      • Harry Palm

        Why is it ridiculous to hate the ridiculous third act? Most people that have seen the movie, critics and normal people alike, say they loved the first two acts and hated the third. It went from being an original and intelligent movie into a cliche slasher movie that’s been done a million times and it did it in the blink of an eye.

      • pinkincide

        It was an ACTUAL “hard SF” movie (so rare!) and then it dropped 50 IQ points to be a stupid slasher flick. That’s so much worse than being just another stupid movie. So much squandered potential and rejection of the viewers’ trust. I will always resent that film.

      • rhizomeman

        I think the crazy guy at the end could have worked if it was treated more like a survivor, who is brought to the medic lab or something. Instead, it turns into Jason or Freddy stalking people in dark hallways – yikes! Big mistake.

      • BetterCallBobLobLaw

        Sunshone is the best scifi of the 2000s. The hating on the “slasher” act is ridiculous. It would have been silly for them to keep dying from mechanical nature and the antagonist worked as a metaphor for earth being dried up and withered and fighting its own survival. The ending was still great. I dont thinl ive ever seen a movie where I was so happy with tears of joy that someone sacrificed themselves.

      • Lovecraftlives

        Sunshine is weak compared to Europa Report, because Europa comes off as an even more realistic approach to space travel than Sunshine, and even 2001. I really feel that these people are going to Jupiter’s moon. Those other films don’t even come close.

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        Europa Report was essentially devoid of drama – to the point of being incredibly boring. Sunshine was more realistic in the psychology of character, even if it wasn’t in the most scientific sense.

      • pinkincide

        Europa report is great, but damn it needed some establishing shots. A matte painting, a few stills, anything. I was never convinced they were in that environment. I hate to say it, but the shoestring budget really hurt that flick.

      • Harry Palm

        ‘Sunshine’ started off really well but then fell apart when it turned into a stupid slasher movie.

      • TheDevil’sAdvocate

        It wasn’t a slasher film. One character, Corazon (Heart, if I recall the right translation), is killed – and she doesn’t die until the airlock is opened. Her death represents the point of no return and really only serves to set up the fact that Kapa has to be the one to activate the bomb and destroy the Q particle. To call it a slasher film is to only address the final act in the most superficial manner.

      • mbmarquis69

        I understand your point, and calling the third act, a slasher film is going too far. But the tone definitely changed in that final act, and not for the better.

      • axalon

        I couldn’t even make it past the first 30 minutes, it was so realistic to the point of almost being boring

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  • GrimReaper07

    Better than 2001 Cameron? That’s not something one should say lightly…

    • IMPYEMU

      He said it was the best Space movie. 2001 is about many different topics, Gravity is a thriller set in space, not a movie about the evolution of man, artificial intelligence or extraterrestrials. So maybe, Gravity is a better *space movie than 2001. We’ll find out once it’s released.

  • GrimReaper07

    Better than 2001 Cameron? That’s not something one should say lightly…

  • Strong Enough

    Will Emmanuelle finally win his much deserved Oscar next year?! i hope so!

  • Tey

    Maybe if A LOT of people watch this in the cinema, they would make more movies like this instead of Transformers: Age of whatthefuck

    • zac

      Seriously go fuck yourself!!! It has nothing to do with bay whatsoever so why bag on the guy regardless. Second I dnt see u saying that shit about avengers 2 yet everyone has some dumb remark about tf4. Ok we get it u dnt like it. Move the fuck on. Plenty of people do so get over yourself

      • Tey

        Can you really compare The Avengers to Transformers 2 & 3? Nope! 2 & 3 sucks so bad, it doesn’t even have a fucking plot! At least u care abt the characters in The Avenegrs

      • GunzOfNavarone

        I agree with you on 2, it didn’t have a plot, but how can people keep saying 3 didn’t have a plot? – Strip all of the human characters aside and think of the robots and it did have a story. Yeah, some of the goofy humour was back in, but if anything, 3 had more of a story than 1.

      • GrimReaper07

        The fact that the Transformers movies do so well is bad for the industry as a whole. It encourages studios to produce souless brain dead movies. Avengers may be a big blockbuster film, but it has heart and *gasp* actual characters.

      • http://zoelogie.tumblr.com/ Baby Jean

        I agree that Transformers doesn’t fly high in terms of plot value and story (although that’s just my opinion, I totally respect disagreements on this), but making movies like these enables studios to also finance small-scale flicks that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day. Of course, studios don’t do charity, so they try to cover their butts as much as possible even with smaller films (I.e by running risk-assessment algorithms based on past successes of similar movies). But it’s all within this Hollywood formula of reaping grand canyons of cash on the one hand, and producing award-worthy films on the other hand. It’s a costly business, and for now, if you want to see Fruitvale Station, or Mud, you have to accept Transformers, Twighlight and their many sequels. It’s a world of infinite tastes out there, so we don’t all like the same things, but as long as there’s enough variety, I can’t complain.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        No….
        Mud, fruitvale station are not studio produced movies
        They are made independently without the big studios

        Without transformers, we wouldn’t have the wolf of wallstreet ( both paramount) is more like it

      • GrimReaper07

        I don’t have to accept them because there ARE big explosive hollywood blockbusters that are good. If the lazy ones do better, then it only makes sense for studios to stop making any effort.

      • JBug

        I’ll take Transformer, but not Twiglight ;)

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    • zac

      Seriously go fuck yourself!!! It has nothing to do with bay whatsoever so why bag on the guy regardless. Second I dnt see u saying that shit about avengers 2 yet everyone has some dumb remark about tf4. Ok we get it u dnt like it. Move the fuck on. Plenty of people do so get over yourself

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      I know what you’re sayin’, but movies like this aren’t made for large audiences. Just the opposite. Movies like this will never make Transformers money.

      But, there’s a place for both. My 8 year-old nephew loves Transformers, and that’s okay. I’ll watch it for him. Kids need to have fun – sometimes that means no plot. When I played War in the woods as a kid we didn’t have a plot – we just went with the flow. There’s a place for mindless action, if one can put their cynicism aside for a couple hours :)

      • Tey

        Transformers 1 was great! I love mindless action too but at least put some emotions and story in it, just like Man of Steel.

      • heyhey

        OH FUCK NO transformers one was NOT good….all this bullshit about part 2 being so bad….wake up assholes ALL THREE are bad!!!! they all are fucking CAR COMMERCIALS with NO heart or emotion or anything engaging other than a few good robot moments…..too much bullshit fills up those movies ….ta real story tellerneeds to get their hands on the TF series.

        and yes i agree Avengers at least as character study with meaning along with it’s spectacle.

      • heyhey

        OH FUCK NO transformers one was NOT good….all this bullshit about part 2 being so bad….wake up assholes ALL THREE are bad!!!! they all are fucking CAR COMMERCIALS with NO heart or emotion or anything engaging other than a few good robot moments…..too much bullshit fills up those movies ….ta real story tellerneeds to get their hands on the TF series.

        and yes i agree Avengers at least as character study with meaning along with it’s spectacle.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        At least put some emotion in it like Man Of Steel? That’s the one thing Man Of Steel was missing!

      • Tey

        We must have watched different versions of Mos because the one I watched was quite emotional. What was lacking was the charm of Donner’s Superman. But it is Ok, because this ISN’T Donner’s Superman!

      • JBug

        Just because people in the movie were emotional, that doesn’t mean the movie was emotional. The film didn’t do enough to project the emotion and make the audience feel it.

      • JBug

        I thought he was saying it needs more emotion like MoS needs emotion. I just assumed all were in agreement that MoS was heartless.

      • GunzOfNavarone

        At least put some emotion in it like Man Of Steel? That’s the one thing Man Of Steel was missing!

    • BetterCallBobLobLaw

      Amen. Transformers is awful. And I love the cartoon movie. Bay is a racist unfunny boring director. He made the robots to cluttered and indescernable from each other. If maybe we could follow which robot is fighting which id at least enjoy the action.

      • Ben Wigler

        The original animated movie has one of the best scripts ever written for this type of property. Lots going on with the characters in that one, Ultra Magnus not living up to Prime, etc. “I thought you were made of sterner stuff…” Great dialogue- Ballsy film. The GI Joe Cartoon movie was killer too. Sad what the new generation gets when compared to the orig…

    • Arnold

      People do watch these original ‘blockbuster’ movies if they are good at the cinema stop crying you nerd.

      Also avengers is just like the transformers mindless destruction, corny one liners and women in tight clothing. Stop crying michael bay isn’t as bad as woody allen or roman polanski go and cry about those perverts.

      • Tey

        I am not even going to argue with a retard who puts Bay in the same sentence with Woody Allen or Roman Polanski.

      • enzofloc

        I get them confused. Michael Bay is taller, right?

  • Tey

    Maybe if A LOT of people watch this in the cinema, they would make more movies like this instead of Transformers: Age of whatthefuck

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    I thought maybe this would be too scary for me. I take the concept of loneliness to heart, I think.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    I thought maybe this would be too scary for me. I take the concept of loneliness to heart, I think.

  • stylus59

    safe to say the IMAX 3D won’t dissapoint

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  • Harry Palm

    I guess we know what movie James Cameron will be ripping off next!

  • Colin Christian

    High praise indeed. Better than 2001? Dunno about that,I need to see for myself.

    • Jason Richards

      2001 is a overrated piece of shit. It’s well filmed and directed, but it’s boring as crap and the only interesting character is hal.

  • Colin Christian

    2001,Alien,Sunshine and Moon are the best Space flicks I’ve seen so far,I can’t wait to see where this one fits in….

  • JBug

    Hey Collider, Thanks for all your hard work. The site is amazing. Is there a way for ya’ll to filter the solicitations in the comments?

  • pinkincide

    Almost as good as Fern Gully, Cameron added.

  • Ty

    Uhhh….

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Alien
    Aliens
    Solaris
    Moon
    Sunshine….

    This movie has a lot to go up against. But I am super psyched.

  • Tyler

    …and watch, the critics will hate it!

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  • Reina

    damn. those are some sparkling comments. Sandra Bullock for the Oscar Best Actress win. Can’t wait to see the film.

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  • GrimReaper07

    I’m not judging the film, I’m judging his opinion, which seems rushed and at least definitely not in line with anything else I’ve read on Gravity. 2001 is considered to be one of the best movies of all time. It just seems he’s making that statement lightly. Also, Cameron gets a very easy instant boner with any movie that uses 3D properly.

  • mbmarquis69

    And since you haven’t seen Gravity yet, you are in no position to judge the opinion of someone who has.

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