And you can't knock those effects. On an Imax 3D screen, they are immersive and impeccable, never making you question the authenticity of it all even as you know they can't possibly have filmed it in space. They are also dependent upon where you sit - stuck over to the side of a packed house, I was more distracted by ghosting and loss of 3D if I moved my head just slightly wrong, and that's an issue I haven't had in a while.
This is the part of my review where I cop out just slightly. I would like to revisit the film, and having already experienced the effects, see if I could focus on the human drama, and see the masterpiece my colleagues apparently behold when they gaze upon it. I was not able to do so prior to the movie's release, so I can only speak to what I did see: a super-expensive thriller, at heart like many others, that I enjoyed reasonably well. Oscars for visual effects and sound editing would be well-deserved, despite the presence of Hank Williams Jr. on the soundtrack (though I wonder what ol' Hank, ever a stalwart right-winger, will think about being arch-Democrat Clooney's favorite artist onscreen).
But Oscars for anything else? Unlikely.
Previously on this topic: Gravity's Astronaut Consultants Discuss the Science of Space