Gravity movie matched with food that’s out of this world

Image: Bake-A-Boo

Image: Bake-A-Boo

Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

Rating 9/10

Plot:

– My plot summary for this movie will be awfully short because there are so many cool surprises that I don’t want to spoil. So here we go…
– So we find our brave astronauts floating high above the earth in space. Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock), Matt Kowalski (Clooney) and another astronaut are on a space walk fixing the space ship.
– Then something happens… then other things happen…
– Will they survive or will they forever float around and around and around and around the earth?! Find out!

Entree:

So what to eat while watching this movie? It was a tricky one because there aren’t many astronaut recipes out there. I would have loved to add homemade space food sticks or freeze dried ice cream but there wasn’t a post/recipe I liked enough to add it. So I went with food astronauts probably can’t eat in space but you and I could easily make/eat them while watching! So let’s go with that. Our entree for Gravity is Peppery Cheddar Cheese Crackers (in the shape of rockets yay!) from Swoon For Food.

Review:

I was a bit scared to see this movie because I hate tense films about floating in outer space. I hate the idea of being stuck in a space suit waiting to die but this movie was more than that. It was pretty tense but more than that. It was exciting. It’s full on action stations with drama after drama but it’s so realistic that you think, yep, that could happen. It’s believable.

This movie is beautifully shot. Director, Alfonso Cuarón has a real eye for detail with everything from tears floating to other things that I won’t mention so I don’t give away plot points. Bullock plays the stoic Doctor/astronaut very well. She’s come a long way since Speed hasn’t she? She brings poise and focus and depth to this role and the movie hangs on her performance mainly so it’s a big responsibility. And Clooney is Clooney, as in he gives a solid performance as usual.

The other star (pardon the pun) of this film is the special effects. It looks so realistic and according to real astronauts, like Buzz Aldrin, it’s looks how it actually feels when you’re in space. He said “I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity”. It’s so mesmorising. You get dragged into the story, the action and the fate of these characters from the very beginning. Cuarón uses silence beautifully to highlight the action and to increase the intensity of some scenes. It’s incredible. This movie like a good book that you just can’t put down because you just have to see what happens in the end. So if you haven’t seen it then check it out!

Main meal:

Dig into a hot steaming bowl of this yummy stuff and enjoy! It’s a combination of Russian and Chinese food, kinda. Mongolia is bordered by both Russia and China and in this film, Russia and China both provided space stations for our brave astronaut to take refuge in. So, in the spirit of this amazing movie, our main is Mongolian Beef from Table For Two Blog.

Gravity trivia:

  • Budget – $100,000,000 WOW!
  • 80% of the movie was created using CGI compared to Avatar that was made up of 60% CGI.
  • Breath was important in the film as a reflection of emotions as well as oxygen levels.
  • Ed Harris plays the voice of mission control just like in the film Apollo 13.
  • Bullock was attached to a wire rig, often up to 10 hours a day, so the set was created to be a pleasant environment for everyone because of the hours and the strenuous work for Bullock.
  • Cuarón considered Angelina Jolie for the main role but the film was shelved because it was beginning to look too expensive to make.
  • Natalie Portman turned down Bullock’s role because she was pregnant.
  • Robert Downy Jnr turned down Clooney’s role. Others considered for it were: Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington and more!
  • Clooney wrote one of the scenes where he appears inside a space ship.

Dessert:

I always say that if you start with a rocket, it’s important to end with a rocket (no I don’t). Nevertheless I do love full circle things and this film and food combo will do just that! Mark my words. So since we did start with mini rockets, we’re ending with them damn it! Dessert tonight/today will be… Rocket Ship Cake Pops from Bake-A-Boo. Booyah!

Image: Bake-A-Boo

Image: Bake-A-Boo

What did you think of this movie? Did it live up to the hype?

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