Stephen Hawking – As His Wife Saw Him – Illuminates “The Theory of Everything” [Berkshire on Stage]
Film Review by Larry Murray
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but instead he became the world’s most famous cosmologist, trying to figure out the basic laws the govern the universe. He sees creation as beginning in a big bang and ending in black holes. Along the way he has earned honors and awards for his genius and a dozen honorary degrees.
But the movie The Theory of Everything knows the average person is not particularly interested in the intracies of a unified field theory, or reconciling Einstein’s laws of the very big with the quantum world of the very small. I am fascinated by the details of Hawking’s discoveries, but in Hollywood’s world of make believe, it is not the scientific element that is going to bring folks into the local multiplex. So what we have is a nevertheless interesting film that is more about Hawking’s romance with his first wife, Jane, the family they raised, and his battle with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, which was diagnosed shortly after his 21st birthday.