Johan Johansson's music is one of the most beautiful soundtracks that i ve ever heard. It is such a sensitive and involving thing. I liked the movie a lot and i was expecting the worst. We have two good young actors here. Yed, Redmayne was great as Hawking and it s not because he sat on a wheelchair. There s something in his eyes that gets you everytime the camera shows them. And Felicity is also a strong force.
Beyond its Oscar fodder credentials, Hawking's tale resonates due to the tribulations and sacrifices of genius, beyond even the physiological effects of motor neuron disease. An acute intellectual capacity fully realised often requires a dysfunctional counter-balance. The overwhelming majority of artistic and scientific greats are often tortured in one way or another. However contrived this seems, it is inescapable.
This is really Jane Hawkin's story of how she managed to cope with the burden of Stephen's disease. Fecility Jones is wonderful, putting so much heart and soul and pathos into the role. A poignant story of how time can erode us, just like the scientific theory.
(2.5) so i'm the one who usually complains about the need for "moarr science" when it comes to anything that's close to it but i can't hold that against this movie since it's an exploration of relationship between two people, not about one's work. the real problem is that the whole thing is so predictably safe and timid that it's borderline offensive considering how interesting the topic is.
(Generous) 5 - The fact that Hawking himself has spoken out in favor of this film's authenticity does little to redeem it formally. This is a TV movie; shot, lit and scripted using the most basic of the medium's possibilities. This drowns out Hawking's own life story so much that the fact the film's about him almost feels secondary.