Einstein and Eddington Reviews
This film can't avoid falling into that trap. They try to counter the problem by having their leads explain their theories to laymen, but this requires a lot of maneuvering and this often feels as forced as the alternative. Einstein's a particular problem since his two main companions are his wife (also a mathematician) and Max Planck (he of the Planck constant). In other words, there's no need to talk down to them. The film confronts this by having him explain what he's doing to his sons, but as they're gone for most of the film it's a flawed solution. Eddington's a bit easier as he lives with his sister, who he'd naturally be expected to discuss his work with. Of course, she should still know more than your average layman and not need every obvious conclusion hammered home, but it does work better than Einstein.
Fortunately, aside from the science dramatization the film is pretty good. WW1 provides an ever-intriguing background and there are some wonderful shots of wartime Cambridge and Berlin. The performances are excellent. Andy Serkis (always nice to actually see his face) absolutely owns the direct and somewhat eccentric Einstein, while David Tenant assumes the harder task of making the fairly staid Eddington interesting. Curiously, while Einstein's the more entertaining character Eddington's the one the plot revolves around and who has the more interesting arc. Essentially, Einstein's already done his bit and the plot is Eddington figuring out a way to test it. Eddington also has some personal struggles as a devout Quaker and closeted homosexual. The plot's nothing special, filled with the basic twists and turns you expect, but watching these two characters live their separate lives is entertaining enough to make it worth a watch.
Tennant and Serkis played their parts well in my very non-scientific opinion. Maybe I will understand the points they are making better in a second viewing.
Eddington. Ces deux genies ont correspondu pendant la guerre pour confirmer ou infirmer la theorie de la gravit√ (C) mise en place par Newton. Outre l‚(TM)int√ (C)r√™t scientifique evident de ce film (compr√ (C)hensible sans devoir √™tre physicien), il permet de suivre certains aspects de la 1e guerre mondiale ainsi que de decouvrir des aspects plus personnels sur les scientifiques : Eddington √ (C)tait gay et quaker, il refusait toute forme de violence et prot√ (C)geait les familles allemandes prises √† parti d√®s le d√ (C)but de la guerre. Einstein a quitt√ (C) femme et enfants pour √ (C)pouser une ni√®ce, et a refus√ (C) de participer √† l‚(TM)√ (C)laboration d‚(TM)armes ¬ę scientifiques ¬Ľ alors que
tous ses compatriotes allemands y prenaient part.
De plus, on voit Gollum sous un nouveau jour et les fans de David Tennant trouveront une nouvelle raison pour aimer leur chouchou ‚¶
Other than that, though, it was enjoyable and informative.
It was interesting see how the Cambridge's scientists, that should be open minded and full of creativeness, were the most blinded people of the world.
i'm not very good at physics but the exemple with the tablecloth was pretty good, in my opinion. it was specially designed for average people like myself!
the movie also helps you see Einstein in a very different light!
but, the bad part is that it was based on speculations regarding their believes! that's not something i'm very fond of!
all in all. this was a movie worth watching!