Now we are back home, we decided to watch two DVDs that were sent to us for Christmas, Nicholas Cage in Left Behind, and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything.
We knew nothing of Left Behind, an apocalyptic offering about mysterious disappearances and Mr Cage being an unfaithful airline pilot who has to land his plane with no co-pilot, no fuel, and no runway. It took a while to get going and was a little hard to follow, but eventually it all came together in an interesting scenario. Those that disappeared didn’t turn up by the way. There was one horrible moment when Mr Cage’s screen daughter climbed up a very high bridge structure and was going to end it all. The music started to play, and I thought she was actually singing, in which case I would have turned it off because it ruined the whole thing. Still, for an unknown movie, it wasn’t bad.
Now in total contrast, we come to the story of Professor Stephen Hawking, and all I can say is WOW.
The first film I saw Eddie Redmayne in was The Good Shepherd alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. We also had him in Les Miserables, but this?
This was totally brilliant, absorbing, and so absolutely beautiful in its portrayal that the pair of us were tearful by the end of it.
Both of us were expecting something along the lines of A Beautiful Mind, and in all honesty, this was not exactly our cup of tea. But I take that back.
Felicity Jones was excellent as his wife, and his friends were wonderful.
Stephen Hawking is an amazing man. Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21 in 1963 and given just two years to live, he beat, and is continuing to beat the odds.
If you have not seen this film, you should.
It is realistic, heartfelt and heartbreaking.
Eddie Redmayne is terrific, and the film deserved all the acclaim and awards it received.