Neil deGrasse Tyson didn't hold back his criticism of "Gravity," the Oscar-winning Alfonso Cuaron film about an astronaut stranded in space, when it was released last year, unleashing a torrent of tweets bashing the scientific inaccuracies on display in the flick. So when he began a similar Twitter-based review of Christopher Nolan's space exploration movie "Interstellar" this weekend, fans were expecting more of the same.
Instead, Tyson praised Nolan's film, tweeting about all the things that it got right, including its depiction of gravitational fields, theories such as relativity and thermodynamics, and the realities of black holes and wormholes. And while Tyson bashed "Gravity" specifically because it harkened back to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," the astrophysicist cited no problems with "Interstellar" mimicking a moment from that classic sci-fi flick.
In #Interstellar: And in the real universe, strong gravitational fields measurably slow passage of time relative to others.- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
In #Interstellar: Experience Einstein's Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown.- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
In #Interstellar: Experience Einstein's Curvature of Space as no other feature film has shown.- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
In #Interstellar: The producers knew exactly how, why, & when you'd achieve zero-G in space.- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
In #Interstellar: They explore a planet near a Black Hole. Personally, I'd stay as far the hell away from BlackHoles as I can- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
And Tyson also offered kudos for some non-scientific elements of the film, including the fact that half of the characters portrayed on screen were women (an ongoing problem for Hollywood), and that one of the robots depicted in the movie was named KIPP, a nod to the work of physicist Kip Thorne, on whose research "Interstellar" was loosely based.
Overall, Tyson seemed to have enjoyed the movie, though he cautioned his followers that his opinions on the film were based solely on his scientific -- not critical -- opinion.
Perhaps he can convince more moviegoers to check it out, and help "Interstellar" rake in some more dough.
REMINDER: Never look to me for opinions on new films. All I do is highlight the science one might or might not find in them.- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 10, 2014
[via: Neil deGrasse Tyson, h/t TheWrap]
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