If you have not seen Gravity, see it (In 3-D, on the BIGGEST SCREEN you can!) and then come back to read my reflections on
next year’s Best Picture Winning film a rather good film.
- After Apollo 13 and Gravity, no one should let Ed Harris be Houston’s mission-control commander anymore.
- The Chinese brought along Buddha; the Russians, St. Christopher; and the Americans, Martin the Martian.
- The mention of prayers for the dead and the intercession of the saints reflect the filmmakers’ Catholic roots, but showing the Buddha statue in the same place as the St. Christopher’s holy card signals religious equivalence.
- The small, floating tear was the symbol of her prayer–and it was beautiful. (Though that’s not how tears work in space.)
- Apparently, in her deep depression, the only things Sandra Bullock’s character did was work, and drive, and go to the gym.
- The progression from fetus in the womb, birth from water, crawling, and walking was a clear theme signifying her rebirth.
- Apparently, if you press the right three buttons, the Soyuz craft pretty much lands itself. I wonder how she kept crashing the simulator?
- It’s a miracle that her body took all that physical abuse without getting a single bruise.