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"A remarkable man. A remarkable story."
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 7.3  (1,705)

Hawking, released in 2013, is a biographical film that tells the story of Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant and influential scientists of our time. The movie documents his life from his college years at Cambridge up until the present day, showcasing his breathtaking discoveries in astrophysics, as well as his personal challenges and triumphs.

The movie is directed by Philip Martin and notably stars the famous Stephen Hawking, who portrays himself in the film. Alongside him are Arthur Pelling, who plays the role of Cambridge tutor, and Finlay Macrae, who plays the role of a young Stephen in the movie.

The movie opens with a brief introduction of Hawking's background and his difficult beginnings. Right from his college years, it is evident that he is an extraordinary, thought-provoking individual who is well ahead of his peers, and this often creates a sense of isolation and hostility towards him. Despite these adversities, Hawking forges ahead and becomes a research fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he meets his future wife, Jane.

As Hawking's accomplishments in astrophysics continue to grow, so too does his impairment from his motor neuron disease, which ultimately confines him to a wheelchair. This, however, does not diminish his commitment to pursue his work and continue pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery.

The movie touches on the personal struggles that Hawking faces as well, particularly in the context of his marriage with Jane. Their relationship is tested, and the couple is forced to reconcile the demands of their personal lives with Hawking's increasing fame in the scientific community.

The movie also touches on Hawking's brushes with fame, particularly as he becomes a media and public figure. Hawking's public appearances and lectures are particularly captivating and engaging, and the film presents these aspects of his life in a way that is truly inspiring.

Apart from Hawking's accomplishments in astrophysics, the movie also focuses on his personal life, particularly his wife Jane's unwavering devotion to him. Their love for each other, in the face of the many challenges they faced, is truly heartwarming and moving.

One aspect of the movie that is particularly noteworthy is Hawking's groundbreaking discoveries in theoretical physics. The film does an excellent job of showcasing the captivating and at times obtuse nature of these discoveries, rendering them in a way that is approachable for the average viewer. The film particularly emphasizes Hawking's theory of black holes and his struggles to make sense of the mysteries of the universe.

Overall, Hawking is a remarkable and moving film that showcases the life and accomplishments of one of the most influential scientists in history. It presents the complex aspects of his life and his scientific work with both clarity and empathy and does an excellent job of keeping the viewer engaged throughout. It is a perfect reminder of the importance of pursuing curiosity and passion in our lives, no matter the obstacle.

Hawking is a 2013 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

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    7.3  (1,705)