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Fictionalised biography of Professor Stephen Hawking starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the young Stephen Hawking who, as a bright and ambitious 21 year-old PhD student at Cambridge University, is diagnosed with the debilitating motor neurone disease and given two years to live. The drama tells how, against the odds, he goes on to achieve scientific success and worldwide acclaim.
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I highly recommend this film, because it shows how strong a human being can be when both physical and professional obstacles are thrown in his way.
The film focuses upon a few but very important years in Hawking's life; his time as graduate student at Cambridge 1962-1965.
The timeline is slightly blurred for dramatic reasons -- e.g. in reality, Hawking was admitted to Trinity Hall in 1962, and was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963, while the movie flips these events around -- but the movie has a very interesting device in that it occasionally flashes forward to 1978 and an interview session with Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias on the eve of their Nobel Prize. And while it's all just a matter of historical record, the following may contain some plot spoilers:
In experimenting with the Holmdel horn antenna 1964-65, the pair had discovered a persistent background noise, but had absolutely no clue as to what might be causing it. They even went to the point of shooting the pigeons nesting in the antenna and removing their droppings (or "white dielectric material") as one, for them, plausible source for the signal.
At the same time, Hawking had had an epiphany about applying Roger Penrose's theorem of a spacetime singularity in the centre of black holes to the university as a whole, and how the flow of time of an implosion reversing in the singularity would instead cause a bang -- a Big Bang. In 1965, he wrote his thesis on this topic.
In the movie, Professor Fred Hoyle challenges his conclusions by stating that according to Hawking's theory, there ought to be residual heat in the universe, and that somebody ought to have detected it by now...Read more ›
It's a very thought provoking film about love, disability and working independence. A brilliant mind and a failing body, how some people cope and don't give up. Well worth watching!
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Hard n9ot to compare with Redmaine's 'Theory of everything. They are not trying to do the same thing, but this would come a distant second place all the same. Read morePublished 3 months ago by VonRichtoven
Brilliant but immensely immensely moving, given that Prof Hawking is still alive - it is not often that films of such power are made during the life of the key film character.Published 4 months ago by James London
Very good portrayal, which is what I expected from Benedict Cumberbatch. Worth watching.Published 6 months ago by RWP