Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson became famous last year for tweet critiquing the scientific inaccuracies of Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity”. Those tweets became fairly well-known and it got to the point that Tyson even voiced the narration on an “Everything Wrong With…” video about that movie.
Whilst he hasn’t done a similar video yet for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” he has taken to Twitter to dissect “Interstellar” and his reaction has been decidedly more praise-worthy about the film’s scientific accuracy. He doesn’t touch upon the film’s last act though, a section which veers into pure fantasy according to quite a few reviewers. Here’s Tyson’s tweets on the matter:
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.
In #Interstellar: They explore a planet near a Black Hole. Personally, I’d stay as far the hell away from BlackHoles as I can.
In #Interstellar, if you didn’t understand the plot, there is no published book to help you.
In #Interstellar, if you didn’t understand the physics, try Kip Thorne’s highly readable book “The Science of Interstellar”
In #Interstellar: On another planet, around another star, in another part of the galaxy, two guys get into a fist fight.
In #Interstellar: Of the leading characters (all of whom are scientists or engineers) half are women. Just an FYI.
In #Interstellar: They reprise the matched-rotation docking maneuver from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but they spin 100x faster.
In #Interstellar: You enter a 3-Dimensional portal in space. Yes, you can fall in from any direction. Yes, it’s a Worm Hole.
In #Interstellar: You observe great Tidal Waves from great Tidal Forces, of magnitude that orbiting a Black Hole might create.
In #Interstellar: The producers knew exactly how, why, & when you’d achieve zero-G in space.
Relativity. Gravity. Quantum. Electrodynamics. Evolution. Each of these theories is true, whether or not you believe in them.
In #Interstellar: Experience Einstein’s Curvature of Space as no other feature film has shown.
In #Interstellar: Experience Einstein’s Relativity of Time as no other feature film has shown.
In #Interstellar: And in the real universe, strong gravitational fields measurably slow passage of time relative to others.
In #Interstellar: There’s a robot named KIPP. One of the Executive Producers, a physicist, is named Kip. I’m just saying.
In #Interstellar: All leading characters, including McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain, & Caine play a scientist or engineer.