Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
James Cameron is a filmmaker with high standards. His last two films were both the highest grossing film of all time and each took multiple years to get just right. In the interim, he’s been working to advance performance capture technology, high frame rate technology, 3D technology and probably more. So he knows what’s up. Cameron also helped director Alfonso Cuaron overcome some technical obstacles on his new film, Gravity. He’s an intelligent guy.
Gravity hits theaters October 4, and praise for it has been over the moon. No praise, however, has been higher than Cameron’s. The director of Avatar, Titanic, Aliens and Terminator recently saw the film and called it the “best space film ever done.”
Cameron said that, and more, in a Variety profile on Cuaron and the film. Here’s the full quote:
I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time. What is interesting is the human dimension. Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.
The fact Cameron assisted on the film might not give him as much credibility as someone who hadn’t, but, it’s still James Cameron. He wouldn’t have made such a declaration if he didn’t believe it.
Just for laughs, let’s list some of the movie Cameron apparently thinks are less successful in their depiction of space than Gravity. They include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Alien, Moon, Wall-E, and maybe even two of his own films: Avatar and Aliens (both have some space scenes, right?). If Gravity is better than even one of those films, we’re all in for a treat come October.
Additional source: Film Stage