Best and Worst of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival: 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Devil's Knot'
It was a good slate of films north of the border this year
Alfonso Cuaron's film is a staggering technical accomplishment, but that wouldn't matter at all if it was just empty sensation. Instead, he uses all of this high-tech flash to tell a simple story of a woman who has given up on life, who feels disconnected from the Earth, only to realize just how much she wants to live when put into a seemingly hopeless situation. To be able to harness technology to such an intimate and human purpose is one of the things that makes Cuaron one of our most essential voices in film, and "Gravity" such a singular theatrical experience. It's not often I can sit through an FX-heavy film and have no idea what I'm looking at or how it was accomplished, and I love the way "Gravity" makes me feel like a ten-year-old looking at some cinematic magic trick, humbled by the beauty of it.
- Drew McWeeny