Bill Nye: Science Guy
Bill Nye is retiring his kid show act in a bid to become more like his late professor, astronomer Carl Sagan. Sagan dreamed of launching a spacecraft that could revolutionize interplanetary exploration. Bill sets out to accomplish Sagan's mission, but he is pulled away when he is challenged by evolution and climate change contrarians to defend the scientific consensus. Can Bill show the world why science matters in a culture increasingly indifferent to evidence?
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★★★½ review by madelinepopcorn on Letterboxd
Interesting film, bit too biased for me. Seeing how powerful film is as a persuasive medium, especially documentaries, I’d liked to have seen more respect in this aspect by explaining the contrary side.
★★★★ review by Andrew C on Letterboxd
When one of your childhood heroes is still so passionate about his field, still so likeable, and still so meaningful in how you look at the world, you can't help but watch a documentary about him and enjoy it.
Bill can be gentle and warm, but he can also be biting and sharp, and his fight against climate change deniers has become his new fulltime job, which he takes very seriously.
But unfortunately, when you fight against those who deny facts and refute science, you've lost before you've ever begun. Bill's debates with creationist Ken Ham and sham meteorologist Joe Bastardi have great promise but are flawed at the start. You have to admire his positivity and pursuit of truth, but putting people like this on an equal playing field is a mistake.
Through this nonlinear documentary, we learn much more about The Science Guy's role in today's pseudo-political debate about global warming than his TV show, which is good, because as much as I loved the show I enjoyed this nuanced look at his current projects. This movie is not a nostalgia trip, fortunately, and smartly focuses on the importance of science education and his role as a "science statesman" as Neil deGrasse Tyson calls him.
★★★★ review by Heath Cowart on Letterboxd
SXSW 2017 - Movie #17
★★★½ review by KyleAMcNair on Letterboxd
Production Values: ★★☆
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★★★★½ review by Shawn Wildermuth on Letterboxd
Amazing look and an amazing guy. Was worried was completely a puff piece, but I really liked the background on this guy.
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