You can listen to countless film critics tell you over and over that Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is the closest you can feel to floating in outer space without actually snapping on a suit and helmet and space-walking in Zero G. Cuaron’s masterpiece, in my humble opinion, deftly recreates exactly what it must feel like to be an astronaut.
And now we have an actual astronaut’s official opinion to back these claims up.
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to actually walk on the moon, serves as a guest film critic for The Hollywood Reporter, and his review is the one piece you absolutely need to read today (outside of my and Katey Rich’s brilliant takes on Cuaron’s outstanding film, of course). Because if you aren’t going to listen to a damn astronaut, who the hell are you going to pay attention to? Aldrin writes:
I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity. 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.”
“This movie gave great clarity to looking down and seeing the features of Earth … but there weren't enough clouds, and maybe there was too precise a delineation from space. I know: If you're looking down at Earth, you're looking through an atmosphere that has a bit of haze in many places and not just occasional clouds. Here, the precision was remarkable, though you might need a pretty good spy telescope to see that well. … 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.”
I can already hear the haters. “Pfft. What does Buzz Aldrin know?” Uh, a lot. But honestly, it doesn’t sound like there are going to be too many haters when it comes to Gravity. Variety is reporting that the science-fiction survival thriller is on track to deliver north of a $40 million opening weekend, with 3D and IMAX ticket sales helping the movie’s box-office potential. In fact, Fandango reported that 91% of all Gravity tickets sold are for 3D screenings, meaning most everyone has bought into the notion that if you are going to see it, you absolutely need to go the extra mile and pay for the 3D presentation, which elevates the Gravity experience to a whole ‘nother level. Here’s the latest Gravity trailer. Honestly, why are you still reading this? Get to a theater … now!