“Dr. Stone is not a conventionally feminine or pretty character, and while Sandra Bullock is a stunner, the styling department went to a lot of trouble to tone her beauty down. She has non-descript short hair, no makeup, and her khaki-colored spandex wardrobe is appropriately practical. At no point is there even so much as a flashback to a more glam version of herself, and she never gets a makeover. I can’t recall such an unembellished cinematic sci-fi heroine since Sigourney Weaver in the first three “Alien” movies.”
This film essay for RogerEbert.com looks at how the character of Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity breaks most female movie character stereotypes.