I’m trying not to define this film as ‘The Stephen Hawking biopic’, as it’s actually based on his wife Jane’s novel about their time together. The shame is that the film still ends up being more about him than her (or them), and lacks sufficient depth about her struggle, his illness or even his science, which would have made it more interesting. I just really wanted to know more about Jane.
It’s not that it’s a bad film, but it’s not particularly presenting anything new, when it had scope (and presumably insight) for so much more.
That being said, Eddie Redmayne is absolutely magnificent, and deserves all the awards that I imagine are heading his way.