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An Ode to scientific truth as the highest human aspiration.,
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This review is from: Einstein And Eddington [DVD]  (DVD)
This story turns on a critical historical event; without Arthur Eddington, it is quite possible that Albert Einstein's theories would have been ground into the dusts of obscurity by the juggernaut of mainstream academic belief systems, wartime politics, racism and the list goes on. It is a story of moral heroism, of persistence and of great triumphs set in the bloodthirsty insanity of the first World War.
The acting is blissful. Andy Serkis as Einstein inhabits the role with a vibrant intensity that is engaging and electrifying; if you are an American, his performance is worth the purchase of a region-free DVD player (they've become more reasonable and more capable than you may remember). David Tennant's Eddington is drawn with the pristine clarity that is becoming a hallmark of his work; haunting and riveting in the same breathless space. Together (though they actually share the screen for only a moment) they are outstanding.
I am not quite as happy with the script ... or is it the editing? There is so much story to tell and such limited space to tell it. These are fully drawn characters, set in some of the most emotionally charged years in history. Their lives are impacted by WWI, their needs, their desires and their lust for the truth of the universe that lies so tantalizingly near, yet so far away. Perhaps my problem is not with the gifted Peter Moffat but with the gods of the producing universe who decree that an audience attention span rarely exceeds 90 minutes. A full two hours or more to build and shape this story would have been more than welcome.