Guillermo Del Toro Has Really Nice Things to Say About Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’
One could argue convincingly that Alfonso Cuarón is the most talented filmmaker working in Hollywood. Though underrated when it came out, Children of Men eventually took its rightful place as one of the best movies of the aughts, a modern classic. Cuarón’s entry to the Harry Potter pantheon, The Prisoner of Azkaban, is also widely considered to be the best in that entire series. And Y Tu Mamá También, well, watch it. But Cuarón hasn’t made a feature film since 2006’s CoM, a hiatus that’s only added to his mystique. That changes next year with the release of Gravity, his long-gestating sci-fi picture starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Yesterday, one of Cuarón’s close friends and collaborators upped the anticipation factor with some tantalizing words.
Speaking to MTV, Guillermo Del Toro called Gravity, about an astronaut (Bullock) trying to find her way back to earth after a disaster, “completely mind-blowing.” According to him, Cuarón and his team traveled the James Cameron route and invented their own technology to shoot revolutionary anti-gravity scenes, which Del Toro thinks will “forever change certain types of productions.” You’ll recall that Children of Men featured several how-did-he-do-it single-shot sequences (like this one) that at the time were pretty groundbreaking. The last time a visionary sci-fi filmmaker took forever to make his next movie, James Cameron (who Cuarón consulted on this film) gave us Avatar. So color us blue with excitement. Del Toro’s full comments are below.