Attending one of the most prestigious Universities in Britain during the 1960s, a young Stephen Hawking is questioning his principal thesis towards his PhD in Physics. At the age of 21, he is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a life-threatening progressive disorder that spirals his life into gradual muscle decay. It is his encounter with love in the form of religious arts major Jane, that provides his with the strength he needs to pursue his desire into uncovering the next great leap of discovery into the universe and the existence of time.
“Only time – whatever that may be – will tell…”
This is a film of epic boundaries. An exploration of the science behind not just the universe, but of humanity, love and the existence of life. There are many predominant themes that shine through the entirety of the feature; the reality of humanity and it’s flaws but also it’s mastery. It exhibits the antagonist force of human nature and time itself but also how the everlasting intensity of hope, faith and love can conquer boundaries that were never believed to be defeated.
Truly, I believe this to be a beautiful and uncompromising piece of cinema. Not something that I would have regarded to be appealing to me, actually proved itself otherwise. Such a narrative as significant and poignant as this deserved to be given the credit it deserves, and this did it justice. It’s profoundly inspiring. The immense faith and determination that is demonstrated in the emotions and actions of every character is so genuine and gripping, it makes me want to strive for the unimaginable.
The human mind is a wondrous thing. A magnificent tool just awating it’s true potential. Watching Stephen as he calculates formulas and the mathematics behind even the most customary of daily life is like watching the intricate workings of a captivating mechanical clock. Even when his body condition worsens and he’s no longer capable of freely expressing his notions, the audience is still intrigued as to what is going through his ingenious mind as he is continues to hint to us through his slight movements and facial expressions. The achievements he made provides proof that anything is possible, even against all odds.
Eddie Redmayne‘s performance is utterly spectacular. Indeed an oscar-winning rendition of one of the most prestigious physicists of our time, displayed through his convincing and thought-provoking portrayal. Admittedly, I was unaware of many details into the life and discoveries of Professor Hawking before the viewing of the film, but I can now appreciate the eye-opening notions that put across a lot more. As protagonists go, you can’t get much of a better subject than Stephen himself. You connect so deeply with him throughout the deterioration of his control over movement and simple everyday tasks. I think a lot of these emotions can arise due to the magnificent depiction that is put across by Redmayne. His hibernation to the rest of the world once grasping the seriousness of his condition was heartbreaking in itself. Then further observing his withering speech and movement spurs on a considerable amount of emotion for the viewer. It is Redmayne that capably captures the raw essence of Stephen’s persona – from the inducing motions and actions to the subtle humour that stays constant over the course of suffering.
The prominent natural chemistry between Redmayne and his screen accomplice Felicity Jones is brilliantly put across. The two share a undeniable determination towards their difficulties and. The way they can both share scenes of silence and still effectively portray a high level of emotion and compassion demonstrates how words aren’t always required to create sentimental communication. Jane’s character bestows a element of grace and pure compassion over the whole feature. Her strong will and dedication to her partner is a satisfying foundation to Stephen’s fight against the unpreventable, obstinate force of nature. The two together (Redmayne and Jones) construct an extremely creditable performance that really drives the narrative to excellent heights.
I thoroughly enjoyed the overall aesthetics and visuals of the feature. With such attributes as the glamorous gowns and impressive architecture, these calibre of time periods deem to be one of my favourites to be shown in cinema. Locations were wonderfully constructed and scenes – such as the couple’s wedding sequence – were displayed with an authentic elegance, continuing to add charm to the characters and their surroundings.
The conclusion was so very satisfying. I believe it ended in such a touching, emotional and honourable stylisation that brilliantly rounded off the story. The ending montage was cleverly executed in a way that encouraged the stray tears to gather in a sign of joy.
This is a film that sticks with you. Emotions ride high and the true possibilities of humanity are exposed, validating that there are no boundaries to the universe. Even when conditions get tough, there is always a stable anchor to stimulate brilliance. And that’s just what I found this film to be. Pure brilliance.
I don’t have much here to fault this charming feature. It just won’t leave my mind, providing me with much-needed faith of humanity and the science of the universe because – as a great mind once pronounced – “When there is life, there is hope“. And there isn’t much more forthright optimism we could possibly need, than that.