"Now you are recognized everywhere. How do you deal with all the attention?"
"I was stopped recently by a tourist in Cambridge, who asked if i was the real Stephen Hawking. I replied i was not, and said the real one was much better looking."
Stephen Hawking is one of the most fascinating people i can think of, so i was very much looking forward to this movie. He has lived a pretty interesting life and if it's one person that really deserved a biopic, it's him. Eddie Redmayne pulls off a star making performance here as Stephen Hawking and is the first performance this year i can say for certain is gonna be nominated for an Oscar. Maybe even win. He is completely lost in the character and all i could see on screen was Stephen Hawking. At first i thought he looked kind of goofy, kind of like Austin Powers or something, but that quickly went away. His acting here was flawless and i can't wait to see what he does next.
Felicity Jones was also very good as Jane Hawking and might be looking at an awards nomination herself as well. But beyond the great performances, this does feel like a pretty standard biopic. It goes through the same plot points as most of them and never really does anything all that special. Stephen Hawking has lived a great life and the way he has overcome his illness is incredible, but there really isn't anything special about this movie. It just goes through the motions. It does a fine job at it, and the awards shows are gonna eat it up, but i doubt it's gonna be a movie people will remember much in a few years. It's gonna get lost in the sea of other generic biopics based on great people. Sadly not that many of those are remembered fondly a few years after release. This is definitely worth a watch though. Especially if you are a fan of Stephen Hawking.