This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Soon after they meet, Hawking receives an earth-shattering diagnosis with a very poor prognosis, at the age of 21. With Jane caring for him and their three children and their home, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he believes he now has precious little of, time. The film does cover the breakdown of the marriage and his new relationship with his nurse, but, at the end of the film, she disappears ad Stephen and Jane are back together again to go and receive the Companion of Honour from the Queen, implying that this was the central relationship. Perhaps because the film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking. It is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh who won a Best Documentary Oscar for Man On Wire. Peter Bradshaw says, ‘It’s about battling love, as well as illness. A universal story, extracted from a unique one.’
Eddie Redmayne gives a stunning performance, his physical appearance and position in the wheelchair uncannily like those of Stephen Hawking as we know him from his appearances on television, but Felicity Jones holds her own as a strong presence in Hawking’s life.
Eddie Redmayne made a clean sweep of Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta for Best Actor and the film won a string of nominations for Best Film.
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