"It has been seven long years since Alfonso Cuaron’s last film, the dystopian science fiction masterpiece Children of Men (2006). In the intervening years he’s seen potential projects come and go, and experienced turmoil in his personal life, but throughout it all was the idea for a film that would explore his fascination with outer space. He saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) at an impressionable age and became interested in space exploration. With his son, Jonas, Cuaron wrote the screenplay for Gravity, figuring that he could crank it out in a year’s time. At one point, he even lined up Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. as the leads, but when he realized that the technology to realistically depict a zero gravity environment wasn’t available, he spent years waiting and lost his two actors. Fortunately, when the time was right, he got George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Advanced word was very strong, with festival reviews raving about how Cuaron had realistically captured the physics of outer space and created an immersive experience by filming it in 3D. Such reviews marked Gravity as a must-see event. For all of its astounding technical merits, does the film tell an engrossing story with compelling characters?"
My review for Gravity (2013) is online at my friend Paul Rowland's awesome blog, Money Into Light. If you haven't already checked out his writing you really should. In addition he has a collection of killer interviews he's conducted with all sorts of filmmakers.