Like with most biopics, there will be a level of award buzz around the performances and the film itself, if done right of course. There have been some great ones in the past year, such as Imitation Game and American Sniper, both of which were really good, so to see this one being nominated for 4 of the biggest awards at the Oscars, with Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and best Adapted Screenplay, meant I was excited to see another great film about an important character, Stephen Hawking.
Right off the bat the film felt a little clunky. The directing, editing, and writing, just didn’t flow together nicely, which put me on the back foot straight away. Things started to smooth out as the film went on, but it always stayed in the back of my mind. The acting was on point, and it was a surprise to see that the film was as much a biography on Hawking’s wife as it was on him, which I thought was really cool.
Now, I really did like the film, as the performances were great, and it was interesting to see the story behind this man, famous for his mind and condition, but something about it held it back from going any further in my mind. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but I could easily see this being a film I only ever see once. So it’s worth getting out there to see it for sure, and I think some people will love it more than I did, but I also think there have been better biopic movies out there over the past year.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!