Stephen Hawking’s life story involves more drama than one film might be expected to contain. By the time his genius was popularly celebrated with the publication of the modern classic A Brief History of Time in 1988, in which he sought to help non-scientists understand fundamental questions of physics and our existence, Hawking had been coping with the debilitating illness ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, for 25 years.
Adapting the memoir written by Hawking’s ex-wife Jane Wilde Hawking, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, Oscar winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Shadow Dancer) presents a handsome, deeply moving biopic with an endearing love affair at its centre. It’s an effective approach to the Hawkings’ story and the two lead actors are superb. Felicity Jones gives a tender, sympathetic performance as Jane, while Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen is as brilliant as it is uncanny. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
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