Interstellar Gravity

November 12, 2014

I don’t usually compare movies, nor people or things for that matter, because every movie is a work of art on its own right. No matter how hard one tries it would only be a comparison between apples and oranges. So what I am trying to do here is an analysis, not a comparison.

In Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón was trying to tell a story of courage, survival and redemption set in space. Space took a backseat whilst the actions of the protagonists took centre stage. The disheartening silence of space has the ability to captivate audience and exemplifies a sense of despair which makes the story more compelling. Meanwhile, space is not a background, but a character on its own in Interstellar. The scale, colours and the otherworldliness of space confront the audience to think about questions on love, sacrifice and human nature.

Both directors wanted to tell us a great story. While I have great admiration for Nolan’s persistence in keeping film making real with his 70mm IMAX film cameras and reluctance to rely on green screens, Cuarón quest to use pioneering cinematography techniques and cutting edge computer imagery to tell stories should not be dismissed. Whichever tool is used to tell the story, I believe it is fair to say that both movies have provided us with a transcending experience and pushed the limits of the space genre.