While reviewing fresh space movies care for “Interstellar” and “Ad Astra,” NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield ripped into Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar winner.
NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield has been to space three occasions, has participated in two space walks, and has served as the commander of the International Space Station. Hadfield joined Vanity Fair this week to review space movies such as Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” James Gray’s “Ad Astra,” and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but no movie is the article of the astronaut’s scorn as noteworthy as Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity.” Hadfield admits Cuarón’s 2013 Oscar winner boasts great visual results and a magnificent depiction of a space walk in its opening scene, but that’s about it when it comes to praise. Mighty of “Gravity” is “so far from reality that I want to flip my head,” Hadfield says in the video below.
Hadfield’s first major criticism is how extraordinarily “Gravity” violates the laws of physics. Take the scene where a satellite crashes into the International Space Station. “The satellite goes whizzing by at about maybe 120 miles per hour,” the astronaut says. “The real satellites are going 5 miles a 2nd, 17-and-a-half thousand miles an hour. How that satellite in the movie is going by where you can determine what it’s [makes no sense].”
An noteworthy extra egregious physics error occurs when Sandra Bullock’s character detaches herself from a mechanical arm that has broken off the space station. “When she releases her miniature strap, she flies away in a entire unique direction as if there was some force on Sandra that wasn’t on the arm,” Hadfield says. “How arrive she has a diversified gravity than the arm does?”
Hadfield can examine past scientific errors for the sake of cinema, but what he can’t forgive “Gravity” for is depicting behavior that isn’t moral to real astronauts. As he explains, “All americans on the crew, the dialogue, they’re all yelling back to Houston as if Houston is going to assist them accurate here. George Clooney is asking permission to waddle assist Sandra Bullock. It’s no longer astronaut behavior. It’s no longer logical behavior. It’s so execrable from actual, practical realities of space flight.”
The movie’s depiction of Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, is unforgivable. Hadfield says, “The most skilled astronaut in American history is a woman, it’s Peggy Whitson. In this movie, Sandra Bullock has simplest been an astronaut for less than a year. When she’s faced with a area, she’s panicking and has no idea what to stop. George Clooney is driving around care for some sort of space cowboy and he’s the best one who has any idea what’s going on. I think it area back a miniature lady’s vision of what a woman astronaut can be an entire generation.”
Hadfield continues, “Sandra Bullock did a great job of portraying the character in the movie but the character that they wrote for her was disappointing. That’s what I’d’ve changed. Get it to list what astronauts are really care for and then gain the story around that. Don’t accurate make it the perils of [this woman] and she wants George Clooney to magically save the day and inform her what e-book to inaugurate to stop the best thing.”
Watch Hadfield’s fat Vanity Fair interview on space movies in the video below.
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