Hawking, 2004 - ★★★½

Hawking, 2004 - ★★★½


“Everything into nothing, nothing into everything” - Stephen Hawking (Benedict Cumberbatch)

While chatting bollocks on irc, about the current dire state of British movies and television. It wasn't long before rent-a-fop/limey Bendadick Cucumberpatch's name got thrown into the fray. I quickly replied sure hes good but hes no Day Lewis and unworthy of all the fanfare hes generated lately. To cut a long boring story short, I was pointed towards this 2004 BBC TV movie he portrayed universally regarded physicist Stephen Hawking. I'd previously not heard of it, but Benedict Cumberbatch (to give him his real name) really does turn in a mesmerizing, possibly career best performance. The biopic itself is a very simplified account (dare I say American friendly) covering the period Hawking's was starting his first PHD, forming his own early theories and fighting against his debilitating disease.

[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Trying to impress his future wife with Wagner. Seeing Hawking/Cumberbatch enjoying himself at a party, cutting some rug like he was Ian Curtis.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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