Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain What's Wrong With Interstellar's Science

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was a very heavily researched film, with the filmmakers attempting to make all of the science in movie as close to reality as possible. However, that doesn't mean that it's safe from the folks over at Cinema Sins, who have released a new video dedicated to the movie... featuring none other than acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!

When compared to the 234 point-scoring Transformers: Age of Extinction, this is a rather soft episode from the folks at Cinema Sins - but it definitely makes some sharp observations about the film, and has Neil deGrasse Tyson delivering some science bombs to educate us while also entertain us.

The world-renowned astrophysicist is on record saying that that he very much appreciated Christopher Nolan's sci-fi vision, but he also has some very valid complaints about some of the choices that are made by the lead characters and pretty much the entire world they're living in. For example, why is it that this world thinks that trying to get to another planet beyond a wormhole is a better plan than just fixing the Earth? Also, not only is choosing a planet in the vicinity of a black hole a pretty bad idea, but it's a pretty ridiculous one when you consider that stars vastly outnumber black holes in our universe. Mars - which we just discovered has liquid water - also has to be a better option than trying to exodus humanity through a wormhole, and, if we're getting into spoiler territory, a person being able to punch books through a tesseract should be able to pass a note as well.

Film fans have gotten to know Neil deGrasse Tyson's work fairly well over the last few years, as the man has revealed himself as a movie buff who has a unique perspective when it comes to watching different genres. For example, not only was he out and about talking up Gravity when it first came out in 2013, but he even got James Cameron to re-edit Titanic so that the constellations in the sky would be more accurate. The guy has become so popular in the industry, in fact, that he actually has a cameo in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (though it may be voice-only).

So what did we take away from watching this video and getting input from Neil deGrasse Tyson? Well, on one hand, Interstellar is an impressive piece of filmmaking that turns real science into some very cool blockbuster-level effects - but on the other hand, the script and storytelling isn't exactly top notch, and it doesn't really represent Christopher Nolan at the best of his abilities. Hopefully his next effort will be a step up.

Interstellar is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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