Though there is the sporadic nut in the crowd with nothing but negative things to say, the public’s onion about Alfonso Cuaro&oacture;’s space thriller Gravity has been overwhelmingly positive and complimentary. (Like our own Brent’s glowing review.) All one needs to see is the multitude of blurbs the ad campaign has been using to shove all that positivity down people’s throats. But none of us print and online journalists have been to space, so what do we know, right? You know who has been to space and is increasingly becoming the go-to guest film reviewer in situations like this? Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, that’s who. And his take on the film, as printed in The Hollywood Reporter, is just as commendatory as everything else. What more could one need to be inspired to watch this movie?
“It was a real blast pretending that people were stranded in me. I looked awesome.” – Outer Space.
That’s not a real quote, but this one is.
‘I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity,’ said Aldrin. ‘Going through the space station was done just the way that I’ve seen people do it in reality. The spinning is going to happen — maybe not quite that vigorous — but certainly we’ve been fortunate that people haven’t been in those situations yet. I think it reminds us that there really are hazards in the space business, especially in activities outside the spacecraft.
It’s so funny how Aldrin never seems to enjoy films, such as in his review of After Earth, so much as he just looks for things that he knows about in them. What does he do when he’s watching Homeland or something? He talks about how well George Clooney’s movement was around the spacecraft, saying it “really points out the degree of confusion and bumping into people,” but said that he and his fellow astronauts didn’t joke around as much as Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
His biggest complaint had to do with the earth being seen too clearly from the vantage point of the film’s characters. If that’s the worst thing he could say about it, those are pretty good odds we’re all in for a good time.
Aldrin is also pleased with the timing of the film’s release. “We’re in a very precarious position of losing all the advancements we’ve made in space that we did 40 years ago, 50 years ago. From my perspective, this movie couldn’t have come at a better time to really stimulate the public. I was very, very impressed with it.”
Have you guys seen Gravity yet? What did you think? Is it truly Aldrin-worthy?