Rated: 12, 123 mins
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
I can’t recommend this film enough. It’s an absolutely breathtaking 2-hour journey, taking you through the life of one of the most inspiring and intelligent individuals on the planet.
Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a charismatic individual undertaking a Phd at Oxford when the film starts. He’s cheeky, loveable and clearly top of the class. He meets Jane (Felicity Jones) at a party and a romantic courtship easily develops, until Stephen trips and a hospital trip discovers he has motor neurone disease.
Jane fiercely refuses to let Stephen cut her out and despite a strong warning from Stephen’s family about the tough times ahead, Jane goes ahead and marries Stephen to be with him in his, what was then thought, final years. The subsequent journey is delicately represented, with humorous moments where Stephen’s positive attitude towards his physical decline is so inspiring.
The film explores Stephen’s scientific discoveries, his journey as a father and a husband, and the trials and tribulations of a marriage under difficult circumstances. Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking is uncanny, and the film is a real tribute to Stephen’s achievements which is clear he couldn’t have done without the unconditional support of his wife, Jane. In truth, it seems surprising that a biopic of Stephen Hawking hasn’t been made before.
I’d be surprised if this film receives no acknowledgement at the Academy Awards and truly think Eddie Redmayne could well gain a nomination for this performance, if not an award.