Astronaut Buzz Aldringave "Gravity" a stellar review last week, saying the Alfonso Cuaron film was a realistic portrayal of space exploration, minus a few small errors. But astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson found even more to criticize in Cuaron's film, and proceeded to pummel the movie's veracity in a detailed series of tweets Sunday evening.
While "Gravity" was raking in dough this weekend -- it scored a record-breaking $55.5 million take since opening Friday -- Tyson was busy wracking his brain for every incorrect nuance on display in the movie. While the movie "depicts a scenario of catastrophic satellite destruction that can actually happen," Tyson wrote, he argued that Bullock's character, a medical doctor, would never be asked to service a spacecraft, and that the Hubble Telescope, International Space Station, and Chinese Space Station shouldn't be in each other's line of sight.
Other Tyson quibbles included wondering why Bullock's hair didn't float away from her face as it would in actual zero gravity, and criticizing the depiction of movement of space debris (it should have floated west to east instead of east to west). He also called out the viewing public for their interest in the film:
If you say so, sir.
My Tweets hardly ever convey opinion. Mostly perspectives on the world. But if you must know, I enjoyed #Gravity very much.- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 7, 2013
[via The Hollywood Reporter]