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Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity opened to rave reviews and broke box office records last week, but famed astrophysicist and meme superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson didn’t find the film all that impressive. Pointing out some of the failed logic and unrealistic situations of the film, Tyson threw some scientific side-eyes at the film on his Twitter last week, resulting in some awesome unintentional shade. Gather round, children – it’s time for some “Mysteries of Gravity” Masterpiece Twitter by Neil deGrasse Tyson (caveat: suspensions of disbelief not permitted).
The film #Gravity should be renamed "Angular Momentum"— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 6, 2013
…Except that title kinda sucks.
Mysteries of #Gravity: Why Bullock's hair, in otherwise convincing zero-G scenes, did not float freely on her head.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 6, 2013
Wouldn’t you like to know! Neil, you should know better than to question a woman’s beauty secrets, especially when it comes to hair.
Mysteries of #Gravity: Why anyone is impressed with a zero-G film 45 years after being impressed with "2001:A Space Odyssey"— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 6, 2013
Exactly, people. You’re not allowed to be impressed by 2 movies that concern gravity, DUH.
Mysteries of #Gravity: Why Bullock, a medical Doctor, is servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 6, 2013
So out of context, this tweet sounds pretty wrong.
Mysteries of #Gravity: Why we enjoy a SciFi film set in make-believe space more than we enjoy actual people set in real space— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 6, 2013
Whoa – this is getting pretty meta. Tyson does have a point, though – the Discovery Channel definitely needs more love.
Mysteries of #Gravity: Nearly all satellites orbit Earth west to east yet all satellite debris portrayed orbited east to west— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 6, 2013
Ok, Neil, I think it’s time to drop out of Keener Nation.
But if you think Tyson was complaining or feeling salty about the film, you’re totally wrong:
My Tweets hardly ever convey opinion. Mostly perspectives on the world. But if you must know, I enjoyed #Gravity very much.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 7, 2013