Writer, astrophysicist and host of hit science education television program (Wow! That’s a combination of words I never thought I’d see together!) Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson recently shared his top ten science fiction films with the LA Time’s Hero Complex blog. Tyson isn’t the easiest guy to please when it comes to the science part of science fiction, so I was surprised by several of his picks (Deep Impact?), but none so more than his inclusion of 2009’s Watchmen. Here’s what he had to say about the movie:
Watchmen (2009): I don’t know if I am alone in thinking that “Watchmen” is the best-of-genre among all superhero films. I liked it because the characters had fully expressed, complex personality profiles. They experience love, hate, revenge, megalomania, moral anguish and trepidation. Nothing polished about them. For this reason, they were all more real to me. If the world really did have superheroes in it, “Watchmen” is the world it would be.
‘Best-of-genre’? Yeah, you might be alone on that one, Neil!