Sunday, 9 November 2014
NASA Flyers Club.
169 Minutes. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Bill Irwin, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley & Michael Caine. Director: Christopher Nolan.
10. 'Gravity' has just been grounded! In 2014, your new 'Space Odyssey' and Houston rocket play for the Academy stars your 'Dallas Buyers Club' 'Best Actor' Matthew McConaughey. An astronaut on the classic 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' cameo and superb, small-screen 'True Detective' form of his life. Well, alright, alright, alright! 9. Armed with layers of 'Inception' inspiration, his old friend Michael Caine and a Dylan Thomas poem, British, 'Dark Knight' trilogy director Christopher Nolan doesn't go gentle into that good night as he rages and rages against the dying of the light. Filmed like it was made in the out of this movie world, changing eighties and set to the most sonically soaring, church stepped, organ offering, almost biblically epic score from the classic composer of cinema Hans Zimmer. As he tries to beat his best Batman and 'Prestige' moments in his and our fond filmographys, this is another 'Memento' to dark magic and magnificent movie making. Once the 'Warner Bros', 'Paramount' and 'Syncopy' post classifications come into identifying play you know the biggest film of the year is here. 8. With his screenwriting brother Johnathan, Nolan orbits around many issues from the time and tide of love to hate and life to death, with a running against the clock theme of the cruel but mankind nature of time. All whilst boldly and beautifully taking us more than out of this world...but out of this realm. In mesmerising for IMAX wormholes to black ones and planets and dimensions inbetween this film will do more than answer those conspiracy questions of whether we put a flag and a footprint on the moon. In this superhero age that this dynamic director helped coin with two-face realism, anything is possible in this generations Hollywood.
7. “We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, and now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt," states a sober and sombre McConaughey's Cooper character and in this day and quotations age its a line worthy of both the best Hollywood has to offer and the worst the world needs to learn. The easy going, mild-mannered, surfs up demeanour of McConaughey is now acting seriously towards sublime superstardom in this Oscar solar system. Brad Pitt's 'Fury' and the 'Nightcrawler' of Jake Gyllenhaal be warned. This Oscar gold is anything but a fools one. After the 'Lincoln Lawyer' likes of 'Killer Joe', 'Mud' and 'Magic Mike' brought him back to the 'A Time To Kill' and 'Amistad' amazing Academy accolades of this year, here's betting you didn't think it could get much better. Still in months time you'll be making room on your DVD shelf or Netflix account next to 'The Wolf Of Wall Street', 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'True Detective' for this one. From a canvas Carhartt coat to a new age space suit, McConaughey engineers and pilots a perfect performance and picture. More than his distinctive drawl of soothing soundbites, this man has graduated from the Washington, Denzel school of facial expressive acting of moving mannerisms. Taking flight with his own mothership connection. 6. Matthew's not the only one touching heart strings, hairs on arms and shivers down spines though. Nolan lets the cat out of the bag again as Anne Hathaway follows proving everyone wrong like Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight Rises' as Selina Kyle, with another slick performance with substance. After singing her heart out for her last Oscars the leading lady shows she doesn't just need 'Les Misersbles' to cut her hair off and show real range of drama and depth. Write that one in your 'Princess Diaries' or 'How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days' guides.
5. She's not the only one still. After her 'Lawless' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' breakouts, Jessica Chastain brings a performance that is compelling as it is complex. An ever real and raw Casey Affleck and an epic, big name cast list of more family ties than you can shake a casting directors stick at brings everything and everyone together in tough tenderness, in a world on its knees in true grit, ashes to dust. How about '3rd Rock From The Sun's' John Lithgow back on planet Hollywood too? The last time we saw him apes where taking over. A grown up Topher Grace and the 'American Beauty' of Wes Bentley graduates to a whole new level. Whilst David Gyasi breaks out as the next perfectly peculiar Jeffrey Wright of this character acting game. Even clown and 'Sesame Street' voice Bill Irwin puts his vocals to an android that will have you dreaming of more than electric sheep and sarcasm at 95%. Then of course there's the legend that is Michael Caine. 4. But how about a young Mackenzie Foy rewriting Murphy's Law? This young star playing McConaughey's daughter Murph almost steals the whole show and for a film that features digital IMAX solar scapes through space and time, the best and most amazingly captivating scene in this whole epic, three hour picture is when McConaughey tells Mackenzie he's leaving her world for outer space. As McConaughey tears up, tears through and tells her, "I love you Murph...forever", if you're not thinking of your nearest and dearest kin at this moment with a heavy heart you might want to check your pulse. Especially as the emotions soar through the rising score, dust and rockets as McConaughey drives away to the counting down of launch control and the unaware running after of his heartbroken daughter. That ladies and gentleman is how you build and act transcending scene. Through all his cinematic wonders and this trek across the stars this Sci-Fi, comic book age wars through, this is Nolan's greatest human touch, straight to the earth of our emotional core. Its not just the space, time continuum. Its mankind's one. 3.2.1. We have lift of! GO! TIM DAVID HARVEY