What Did Neil DeGrasse Tyson Think Of Interstellar?

By David Wharton | 6 years ago

NDTChristopher Nolan’s Interstellar has proven to be a divisive and often frustrating film, one that many viewers — me included — went into with impossibly high expectations. While it didn’t prove to be the instant classic I’d hoped for, I did still enjoy many elements of it, including the fun the script had with notions of relativity and subjective time. Physicist Kip Thorne served as consultant on the film, so you would assume Interstellar would get all the science right. Given that most of us are nowhere near as smart as Kip Thorne, we might need a proxy to evaluate Interstellar’s merits. Somebody like…Neil deGrasse Tyson, say.

That’s how Tyson kicked off an extended Twitter session highlighting some of Interstellar‘s virtues. He never actually gives a thumbs up or thumbs down to the story itself — which has its share of holes, and I don’t mean of the worm variety — but instead addresses the way science is handled in the film. Say whatever else you will about it, but it was fascinating to see Interstellar touching on concepts that were likely extremely foreign to the average moviegoer, such as relativity or the effects of immense gravity. Or, as Neil puts it:

Even if Interstellar didn’t rise to the heights I was hoping, where it failed it at least failed ambitiously. Even when it got a little silly.

You can read the rest of Tyson’s Interstellar Twitter session below.

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