Ticket to Paradise (2022)

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Money Monster (2016)

Director Jodie Foster cleverly presents a social commentary on the state of the American economy and the financial situation of many in the country.

George Clooney pimps stocks on a show, seducing investors like a cabaret dancer. Julia Roberts plays his producer and when they are faced by an armed assailant played brilliantly by Jack O Connell, a lot of truths are exposed.

The film is tight, building tension in parts and giving the audience a chance to digest the proceedings. While the conflict and the resolution isn’t a huge surprise, it’s how we get there which keeps us on our toes.

George Clooney displays a range of eccentricities and emotions and Julia Roberts, the ‘voice in his ear’, keeps it together for him, her crew and the audience.

3/5

Gravity (2013)

(This review contains spoilers!)

The reputation of this film preceded itself, and director Alfonso Cuaron has done complete justice to giving us an understanding of gravity.

This film can be discussed on two very separate levels. The first is technical. Within the first few minutes, following Sandra’s character ‘Ryan’, I actually felt uneasy. The movement and angles captured how it would feel to float, and to replicate that with the use of camera is pure GENIUS.

We kept alternating between Ryan’s vision to a more holistic one, which also helps in experiencing the entire environment, its magnitude, its silence and its vulnerability.

George Clooney’s character ‘Matt’ not only keeps us entertained, but grounded as well. He very well acts like an ‘anti-gravity’ agent, because we have gotten so involved in Ryan’s psyche that we need him to balance us.

The second level which really came across in the film is how the universe is an expansion of our inner self. As human beings we need a physical ‘anchor’. Gravity here was perhaps a metaphor for Ryan who was floating aimlessly through her life. Though she was physically weightless, what came across more was her mind which wasn’t ‘tethered’ to anything. What she found out there, was her own purpose and finally ‘letting go’ to ‘come back’.

Speaking about special effects, sound quality and their precision may seem redundant for an excellent film like this, but nonetheless, I will say that the perspectives and tension that they created were just brilliant.

This is advanced film making folks, not to be taken ‘lightly’!

4/5