Unexpectedly, the movie is about people, and not a composition of notes on physics or cosmology. It is intended to portray Stephen Hawking’s personal life. I went to see the movie because of my interest in theoretical physics, and I walked out of the theater with puffy eyes.
Both male and female lead-actors deserve an Oscar nomination for their deep immersion in method-acting. Lee Strasberg would have been very proud. The female actress is shamelessly a piece of sugar on the screen.
Though there is enough conflict in the script to seed excitement and thrill, the director has moderated the conflict masterfully. An American version of the movie would be full of betrayal, malice, and fuss. This film however depicts the other side of the coin.