Physics graduate student Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) starts dating Jane before he knows there’s anything wrong with him. After he’s diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given two years to live, she convinces him that despite the unknowns and variables, she still wants to be a factor in his future calculations.
This film, based on Jane Hawking’s book, follows their subsequent marriage and its inevitable strains as she copes with being the mother to their children and also Stephen’s sole carer – in an era where facilities and support for the disabled are virtually nonexistent. It’s interspersed with some science-lite explanations of Hawking’s research into black hole evaporation, time and the ultimate fate of the universe.
You won’t develop a new understanding of quantum physics by the end. Nor will you see a baddie: everyone comes out with their dignity intact. For all its lack of a big bang moment, though, it’s worth seeing for Redmayne’s performance alone. 7/10
Released January 29, 2015.