I didn’t even have to finish the preview for Gravity to think about one of my favorite Ray Bradbury stories, “Kaleidoscope.” Yes, I’m probably not the first one to comment on the similarity of concepts, but let me be the first to say that I prefer Bradbury’s short story over this drawn-out movie.
Sure, there was some good acting from Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but the themes, to me, were similar to the story – and even the imagery was similar.
Here’s a list of features…
– space accident
– lots of spinning out and away – like the pieces in a KALEIDOSCOPE
– humans communicating via their headsets
– facing inevitable death
– humans expressing the various stages of grieving (Kubler-Ross Theory) – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance
– main character plummeting back to earth
– images of “shooting stars” in the sky (from the earth perspective)
Now here is your assignment. Go read the story.