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Critic Reviews for Hawking
For a person who is keenly aware of the downside of fame - he worries that he is known as much for his illness as he is for his scientific discoveries - the storytelling falls short.
He talks a lot about his two wives. This makes Hawking unusually revealing, because his life has almost always been framed in terms of his mental brilliance.
As billed, an intimate look at a genius, but the science gets a major haircut here.
The lasting takeaway from the film is how much there is to this man.
The focus is on Hawking's scientific achievements and celebrity status at the expense of much emotional content, but it's hardly fair to expect a warts-and-all portrait
The movie has the typical mix of interviews and archival pictures, serving mostly linear storytelling, with hardly a frame of surprising or pretty filmmaking. Maybe creativity can take a rest when you're letting an oddly charismatic genius have his say.
Audience Reviews for Hawking
An incredibly interesting life and an interesting personality elevates the documentary above its poor direction. Benefiting from Hawking's own narration, Hawking, the film, is effective at telling the story of his life, but that's it. Now, maybe that's enough for most viewers, but I want my documentaries to do a little more. I want to get a sense of this person, I want an angle on the story, and Hawking gives us none of that. It doesn't even give us enough stylish direction to make everything very interesting. But in the end, the story of Hawking's life is so interesting it doesn't really matter. The film holds your interest, because you want to know more about his story. Perhaps in the hand of a more capable director this film could have been great, but what we have is definitely a serviceable documentary.
One of the most brilliant scientific minds to ever exists is trapped inside of the prison that is his body. This documentary focuses on Stephen Hawking and his work. We're also shown what daily life is like for him as he is completely paralyzed due to ALS. As much as I enjoyed this, I can't wait to see the theatrical film about his life called "The Theory of Everything" which comes out this November. It was said to have moved Stephen to tears.
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