It's mediocre crap to you because you're closed-minded.
That's not how that works. Things can be objectively mediocre and that is what Gravity and Interstellar can be proven to be (outside of the special effects and amount of money involved).
Everything has to conform to your standards.
Strawman. I never said that. Movies don't have to conform to my standards, but I will judge them by my standards.
Just enjoy a film for what it is: fiction.
The stories my 10-year old nephew comes up with are also fiction. And they are also crap.
Ironically they are ultimately more enjoyable than Gravity or Interstellar, because he isn't claiming that they are scientifically accurate, nor does he have shitloads of time and money to create them.
No one has been steered away from science because of fiction.
Strawman again. I never said that. I said that your reaction is that of a culture that drives people away from science. It's the culture of responding with "don't be a dick, you know what I mean" or "shut up, nerd" when somebody corrects them in a well-meaning manner. Of apologizing for scientifically inaccurate crap because they liked the crap and thought it was fun. Imagine that high school situation. Imagine people who could go either way (science or not science) being exposed to that culture. If the culture is strong enough, those people will not choose physics. Because physics is for nerds. Just like pointing out the utter scientific crappiness that is Gravity and Interstellar apparently is for nerds.
I just need to be entertained. I'm smart enough to know what's not real, and if I'm having a good enough time, then I just don't care.
Nobody gives a fuck. This is not about how you or I feel, but about whether it is a problem to deride Gravity and Interstellar. Remember, you are the one who made this personal by telling me to 'Chill'.
Who needs profound thought from Sandra Bullock or Matthew McConaughey
What the fuck do they have to do with it? Are you saying they are unable to act out a script where there is some profundity to be found? It was definitely not top-shelf stuff, but True Detective S01 definitely shows that it's not the actor where the problem lies. Profound thought in or provoked by movies is a real thing, a rare thing and a terribly undervalued thing.
And maybe discussion about what's not real in a fictional setting will inspire someone to find out how it would really work and become a scientist/mathematician/whatever.
That is one of the weakest defenses I've ever heard. You could create an Austin Powers movie, trump up its scientific accuracy and achieve the same goal (and it would be a million times more entertaining than Gravity and Interstellar combined).
If they're bored with something like, "Well the radiation would really kill him in about three days, so he has to have layers and layers of material that will stop it, so he couldn't do anything interesting at all in this movie because he's basically wrapped up like a mummy...", then they'll be bored with science.
So you think that science is boring. Got it.
Writing a good story in a scientifically accurate setting with attention for science is nigh impossible, right? My dear friend, you could not be more wrong.
You may know the cartoon "Once upon a time ... Life". If not, please watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
This is a cartoon aimed at children, contains insane amounts of what most people would consider to be 'jargon', actually revolves on pretty hardcore science, was produced for pennies in the eighties, yet is actually superentertaining for hours on end, even now, even for adults. This is the stuff that piques people's interest in science.
Now think about having assloads of money, time, 21st century technology, access to insanely capable actors and then coming up with ... Gravity (and claiming it is scientifically accurate!). It is an absolute fucking disgrace.
Just go read books or watch videos about momentum and escape velocity and whatever else you feel aggrieved about in these films and you'll be much happier.
Honestly, I would have, were it not for many of my friends telling me how cool and actually scientifically decent Gravity and Interstellar were (even though I still like my friends, I have since regarded their appreciation of movies as worthless to me). Perhaps that is what fuels part of my emotion: I feel like I was suckered into spending time on shit under the pretense of it being scientifically accurate.