Sunday, 2 March 2014

''Gravity'' and ''August: Osage County''- Short reviews

Gravity (2013 movie)

Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Released: 2013
Country: United States

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller

Rating: 5 out of 5

Short review: Among the 2013 films that I have seen, ''Gravity'' is definitely the best. Visually astounding, excellently acted, thrilling, tense, often emotional, and a film having one of the most beautiful endings I've recently come across, this is certainly a great film. The film starts at a fictional space shuttle. The astronauts, including Dr. Stone (played by Sandra Bullock) and Dr. Kowalski (played by George Clooney) are on a mission. Suddenly, they are informed that a chain reaction has caused a cloud of debris in the space, causing the earth to lose much of it's communication,  and very soon, when the debris strikes the shuttle, the only two survivors are Ryan Stone and Dr Kowalski. Stone gets detached, but Kowalski saves her. Dr Kowalski finds a way to get back to the Earth, but for some reasons, when he has detach himself, Dr Stone has carry on and get back to the Earth on her own... 

This film was simply beautiful, with astounding visual effects and beautiful cinematography. The scenes at the space were great, and the views of the earth were extremely beautiful. One of the most beautiful scenes will be those when the capsule descends towards the earth, followed by the scenes set in the Earth. Sandra Bullock's performance was amazing, while George Clooney is also excellent in his role. A beautiful, quite unforgettable film--- definitely recommended!

5 out of 5

August: Osage County (2013 movie)

Directed by: John Wells
Released: 2013
Country: United States

Genre: Drama

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Short review: ''August: Osage County'' absolutely stunned me! It was such a wonderful film, so engrossing, so powerful, absolutely unforgettable! This is a film that I will fondly remember for a long time!

The story revolves around a dysfunctional family. After the suicide of Beverly Weston, his widow, Violet (Meryl Streep) is left alone, and for Beverly's funeral, three generations of family members gather at the house. The family is extremely dysfunctional; they have lives of their own and maintain very little communication with each other. Violet's daughters are Barbara (Julia Roberts), who has recently separated from her husband, Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), who had been taking care of Beverly and Weston even after her sisters moved away, and Karen (Juliette Lewis), who has got a new boyfriend... again. 

Over the course of their stay at the house, a lot of things happen that further contribute to affect their family relationship: old family secrets are revealed, several unexpected things happen...

''August: Osage County'' was an extremely powerful film with an excellent screenplay and a strong cast. All the performances are wonderful; most of the characters remain memorable. With dark humor scattered throughout, this proves to be, ultimately, a sad film dealing with abandonment, loneliness, feeling of being ignored, disappointment, etc. I don't know why this film hasn't been nominated for any major Best Picture awards, but this will definitely be one of my favorite films from 2013.

4.5 out of 4


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