Neil deGrasse Tyson was at SXSW this past week. While he was there he proved that he would be a horrible person to see a movie with.
You see, movies are meant to be enjoyed. For the most part you’re supposed to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the outrageous-ness of the next 2 hours. If I wanted actual science, I would watch a documentary, or a TED Talk, or something else. But what I want is to watch Bruce Willis blow up an asteroid in space because he strong armed NASA into allowing him up there instead of some genius Boy Scout.
That’s right, I’m talking about Armageddon. One thing that will piss me off super fast to claim that all of the scientific inaccuracies in that film make it a terrible film. That’s a horrible excuse to call a film terrible. If that’s the case then Star Wars, The Terminator, Spider-Man, The Dark Knight, and countless other films would need to be called horrible under the same reasoning. And few people will claim that those movies are horrible.
Basically, he’s saying that Deep Impact was a better film because it got all the science correct. I disagree with him, Deep Impact was by no means a better movie then Armageddon. I’m sure it got the science right, but that doesn’t make it a better film. It usually makes it a more boring film.
Neil deGrasse Tyson also said that The Matrix got the physics wrong, but he’ll forgive the film that.
Why the fuck are you complaining about the physics of a movie, that’s set inside a video game. Allow me to give you a 111% valid reason why the physics are wrong. Computers suck at rendering the real world. There. I just gave you a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why the physics are off in an imaginary world inside of a computer inside of a movie. And it didn’t even stretch the limits of disbelief necessary for when watching a film.
I don’t understand why some whole generas of films get a pass for unbelievable, while everything/anything that Michael Bay does is held under a microscope of possibility. I’ve posted about this before, but the world didn’t seem to get the memo. Oh well, I’ll end this post with a variation on the same line as that one: