Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thoughts on Gravity

I saw Gravity this afternoon in 3D Imax. I figured, hey, if I was going to shell out the money to see it in the theaters, I better go all the way. And I am so glad I did. This is more than a movie; it's an experience. Ninety minutes of nonstop intensity combined with an inspirational story about human ingenuity. If you have the opportunity to watch it on a big screen, preferably in 3D, then you should do so.

When I got home and turned on the laptop, I came across an article from Entertainment Weekly in which astro-experts break down the inaccuracies of the movie, mostly of the scientific variety. I find the article to be fascinating. What surprises me is how many people in the comments section decried what the scientists had to say because this is just a movie. Let's face it: Most people's scientific knowledge and their misconceptions come from movies and television. If we want a more educated public, then we need more accurate depictions of science in our entertainment.

Yes, I'm a nerd for believing that and proud of it. I like education. But I also like being entertained. And I have to say that Gravity is a hell of a movie with astounding visuals and fantastic storytelling and acting, even if some the physics are wrong.

I recommend that everyone go see the movie and then read the EW article (in that order or you will get seriously spoiled), and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Astronaut Mark Kelly has written a piece for The Washington Post about Gravity that's well worth reading. And there's also this one from Slate.

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