“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”
Three words: It was brilliant.
I’ve been wanting to see this movie since I’d first heard about them making it.
I’ve looked up to Stephen Hawking for a very long time, I think probably since I’d first learned about him as a child. Unfortunately I never got the chance to see it until this week. “Thanks Netflix, for being a pal and sending me movies. You’re the best.”
If you didn’t already see the movie, or know the premise of the movie… it is the biopic of Stephen Hawking’s life from his early college days, up until the early 90’s I want to say. Maybe 90’s?
If you were afraid to see the movie because you thought it was going to be boring or strictly about science, I am telling you it was a remarkable movie. I repeat, a remarkable movie. It’s got enough ingredients of everything, you have the topic of life and love and then you’ve got of course, the science topic.
It’s fun to see the relationship develop between Stephen and Jane Hawking since they’re both so very different and yet similar at the same time. With differing interests and opinions of religion, art and science. Their bond appears to be so strong you’d never think anything could pull them apart.
The part that pulls you deeper into the story is the moment Stephen notices signs of his motor neuron disease (ALS).
Given only two years to live, Stephen has almost essentially given up on life and his passion, but Jane only encourages him to work harder and be stronger. The two, having fallen in love, marry and start a family, all the while Stephen’s condition only worsens.
His crippling disease has physically started to weigh down on them both, but hasn’t broken his spirit yet, he continues to explore the depths of theoretical physics and cosmology.
Stephen Hawking is such a lively figure, his personality is such a spritely, witty and stubborn one it makes you love him all the more.
Then years pass, and this is what frustrates me about Jane. Early on, before she got married to Stephen, she said “You think I’m not strong, because I don’t look it. But I love him, and he loves me.” Or something along those lines, and this whole time, while she’s caring for Stephen and her kids, you’ve got to figure that she’s overwhelmed and it’s obvious she is.
But didn’t she sign on for this? Wasn’t she ready to take this responsibility? Maybe that’s being too harsh, but she did say she was strong. Halfway through the movie, Stephen’s still alive and going strong and I think it’s hit her that this is not going to be easy, it’s only going to get harder.
Later on, she meets this guy. (Whom she is still married to today). I’m sorry, but I just don’t like him.
This piano player, who offers to help teach her kids and then asks her and Stephen if they need help, to ask him. So he does. He signs on to help Jane with Stephen, and he’s a big help—he is. But Jane begins to stray from Stephen, you see the passion die, and with it, she develops feelings for this Jonathan Jones character. Don’t get me wrong, she still loves her husband, but that spark has long since passed when she realizes what she could have with Jonathan. Maybe caring for Stephen became too much. I can only imagine how incredibly hard it must have been, I honestly admire her for being so strong for so many years and caring for him for so long.
Then of course, as the movie progresses, and his condition worsens, it becomes even sadder. I’d say I cried about two to three times.
The first being when they had done the surgery in his throat and he was unable to speak. Jane had to show him these two glass boards with a set of colors and numbers and letters on them. She would explain to him how you use it, but he just sort of sat there, not even trying because he could speak and say what he wanted to anymore. He had no voice. It was heart breaking. Completely heart breaking. UGH! I was weeping.
The second time, was when Jane was basically leaving Stephen. She was breaking up with him, and she just ripped his heart out along with mine. SHE MADE HIM CRY, SO I CRIED, AND WE WERE BOTH A CRYING MESS. I didn’t want to accept that she would actually separate from him because they really did love each other so much, and it just made me so emotionally broken. She’s just like “I have loved you.” And I was just yelling at the screen, probably scaring my poor mother, that Jane was liar. (I still admire her though.)
Last time was at the very end of the movie when Jane and Stephen are strolling through a garden together, and they just sort of look at their kids and admire them. And Jane asks him “What are you writing?” And Stephen replies “Look what we made.” And they do, and it’s just such a beautiful scene because even though Stephen had contracted a disease that should have taken his life years ago, he accomplished so much and is still going strong. He created a wonderful family and he broke ground in the world of science. Then they rewind the whole story, because Stephen had mentioned wanting to rewind the clock, to go back in time. Such a great montage.
It was such a remarkable and moving story, I would recommend it to anyone. It’s such a stunning and simple movie that delves deep into universal situations instead of just putting a spotlight on Jane and Stephen’s life.
Marvelous movie. 5/5 stars. Even though, by the end I was like: