Husband and I went to the IMAX theatre and saw Gravity the other night.
He loved it, but immediately came home and started Googling all the technical inaccuracies in it. Geek boy. He’s since fallen in man love with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who saw the 3D space epic on Sunday and, while he “enjoyed Gravity very much,” couldn’t help going home and picking it apart on Twitter.
Some of Neil’s beefs:
“Mysteries of #Gravity: Why Bullock’s hair, in otherwise convincing zero-G scenes, did not float freely on her head.”
“Mysteries of #Gravity: When Clooney releases Bullock’s tether, he drifts away. In zero-G a single tug brings them together.”
“Mysteries of #Gravity: How Hubble (350mi up) ISS (230mi up) & a Chinese Space Station are all in sight lines of one another.”
“Mysteries of #Gravity: Why Bullock, a medical Doctor, is servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.”
Me, on the other hand, I couldn’t stop thinking about Sandra Bullock’s thighs.
Mysteries of #Gravity: How could a 49-year-old have such amazing legs?
Mysteries of #Gravity: How could a dark-haired middle-aged woman of teutonic extraction be so hairless?
Mysteries of #Gravity: How could a female astronaut do such a thorough hair-removal job in space?
Let’s start with those amazing legs. According to Sandra: “[I started working out] about six months before and then every day while we were shooting. Lunch was in the workout box. You can eat when you’re locked into things and you’re by yourself. It had to be done so I wouldn’t hurt myself and I could execute what Alfonso needed on the gymnastics level, but I also wanted her to have this body that was someone who just needed the machine to execute what she needed to do and didn’t remind her of being what she was in the past, which was a mom.”
There’s also the daily workout of hefting around her sizeable three-year-old Louis.
But still, she’s almost freaking 50. Bloody unbelievable.
She looks like she packed a few razors in her astro toiletries bag.
However, according to my new favourite real astronaut, Chris Hadfield, shaving in space requires care to ensure you don’t breathe in all the floating whiskers or get them stuck in your computer equipment, as per below …
Finally (totally gratuitously and completely off the hairy sitaution) I love this quote I found in my travels from Sandra on her co-star George Clooney: “I think Clooney and space are pretty much on par,” she joked. “Clooney is space. Space wishes it was Clooney. Space was a big, big character in this and we didn’t have while we were shooting, but I now see that it’s there, you know, in the final product.”
PS As for what I thought of Gravity, it was pretty seat-grippingly good. But I’ve described it as the Babel of Space. As in … after watching Babel I am NEVER EVER travelling through remote parts of Morocco and after watching Gravity I am NEVER EVER travelling in space.