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Cumberbatch in much younger years, playing a mostly pre-ALS Stephen Hawking. Moffat interplays the cosmic background radiation discovery of Penzias & Wilson as a intermittent backdrop. The tension between Hawking and Hoyle was portrayed to dramatic effect, but I wonder how they actually were as colleagues.
The first film I saw Benedict Cumberbatch in and he was outstanding. I didn't think it was possible to so closely portray the symptoms of a person succumbing to a motor neuron disease. After I got past the uncanny physical portrayal, I became incredibly impressed with the bravery Dr Hawking showed after receiving his diagnosis, & his decision to continue his studies. Despite being told he had only two years to live, & that his death would be quite horribleâ"that he would essentially "drown" as his lungs simply ceased workingâ"he proposed his theory as to how the universe was created. The film does a lovely job showing the way that his theory of the Big Bang was later proved by the Nobel prize-winning scientists whose instruments accidentally picked up a recording which was proved to be the"sound"of the Big Bang which still reverberates out in space. They portrayed Dr. Hawking without a great deal of angstâ"despite his diagnosis. There's definitely something about Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of scientists, & this one in particular, that made me incredibly interested in Dr. Hawking as a person, & has caused me to follow-up by reading one of his books as well as watching his television shows. This film also caused me to want to see more of Mr. Cumberbatch's work.
For a British TV movie, this was actually a pretty top-notch production. Sure it has some of the weaker supporting performances that is common with TV movies, but the film is driven by a stellar performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as the beloved astrophysicist. The film is smart in that it chooses to not wallow in Hawking's current years being stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, and instead focuses on his most productive years when he began developing his theories. The film does reveal him struggling with the degenerative effects of the disease, for sure, and Cumberbatch's execution in portraying this ailment is pretty remarkable. This film is rather difficult to locate, but if you can get a hold of it its worth checking out. It's a fitting, honest tribute to one of the greatest minds the scientific community has ever produced, and an excellent showcase for a gifted actor.
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