What Buzz Aldrin thinks of 'Gravity'
It's one thing for the masses to love new movie "Gravity" -- as its RottenTomatoes.com score of 98 percent fresh indicates -- but the true test will be whether it passes muster with the pros.
Here's the good news: one such professional, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, loves it.
In a guest review for The Hollywood Reporter, the second man to walk on the moon said he was "extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity" in Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller.
"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," Aldrin, 83, writes in his review. "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."
Not only did Cuarón and his team get the technical aspects of what it's like to go through the space station right, but their project also sheds light on the precarious situations astronauts can find themselves in.
"Gravity" stars George Clooney as one such veteran space explorer, and Sandra Bullock as a medical engineer embarking on her first shuttle mission. Aldrin said he was "happy to see someone moving around the spacecraft" the way Clooney does.
"It really points out the degree of confusion and bumping into people, and when the tether gets caught, you're going to be pulled -- I think the simulation of the dynamics was remarkable," he added.
That's not to say it was perfect -- Aldrin thought there weren't enough clouds in shots that showed Earth and its features, and he also noted that actual astronauts are "probably not as lighthearted as Clooney and ... Bullock" when people are "in some position of jeopardy outside the spacecraft."
So far, "Gravity" is shaping up to have a sizable box office haul. By Friday morning the movie had earned $1.4 million from midnight shows, and observers are expecting Cuarón's buzzed-about project to earn $35-to-$40 million by the time the weekend's done.
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