(2014) (Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An astrophysicist tries to come up with a simple explanation of the universe, all while battling the adverse affects of a motor neuron disease that's leaving him with limited speech and movement.
- It's 1963 and Stephen Hawking (EDDIE REDMAYNE) is a cosmology student at Cambridge where his professor/advisor Dennis Sciama (DAVID THEWLIS) is waiting for his brilliant student to decide on his course of study. While out at a gathering with his roommate, Brian (HARRY LLOYD), Stephen meets fellow student Jane Wilde (FELICITY JONES) and a romance soon develops between the two. But Stephen has been having bouts of clumsiness, and after a particularly bad fall, he's diagnosed with a motor neuron disease that not only will eventually rob him of all muscular control of his body, but will likely kill him in the next two years.
Undeterred by that prognosis, Jane marries Stephen and the two start a family, all while he focuses his attention on the study of time and its relation to the universe. As his condition deteriorates, Jane finds it increasingly difficult to care for him and thus accepts an offer of help from her windowed church choir conductor, Jonathan Hellyer Jones (CHARLIE COX), who soon becomes a close family friend and eventually maybe something more in her eyes.
And Stephen seems to take a liking to his therapeutic nurse, Elaine Mason (MAXINE PEAKE), who keeps him on course despite losing his ability to speak. Despite all of that, he continues on his quest to come up with a simple explanation of how the universe works.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're interested in the story of Stephen Hawking they might want to, and those who are fans of anyone in the cast might be interested as well.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some thematic elements and suggestive material.
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