Is "Gravity" a sure-fire Oscar bet or already the most overhyped movie of 2013? The
Weigh in and ask questions during a live chat about the movie at noon Pacific time today with Times film critic Kenneth Turan and Hollywood awards guru Glenn Whipp. We'll also take questions via Twitter using the hashtag #gravityLAT.
One person who worked on "Gravity" said NASA declined to advise on it in an official capacity because of its portrayal of the dangers of space travel.
Astronaut Mike Massimino, who has participated in question-and-answer sessions at public screenings of the film, said that, overall, he saw the movie as a plus for the agency.
"I would go so far as to say I think it's going to inspire some young people. The exposure of it will hopefully get people interested in what NASA is doing," he said. "The way the characters are portrayed is as real people. A lot of times astronauts are shown as stiff, smart mathematicians. The Sandra Bullock character is very human."
Reviewing the film, Turan said: " 'Gravity' is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood."
Do you agree? Weigh in today at noon.