Following his ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis / Lou Gehrig’s disease) diagnosis, former NFL athlete Steve Gleason is the subject of Gleason, the Clay Tweel directed documentary that was popular at the Sundance Film Festival 2016…
I’m interested in this story because like many, the question of ‘how would I spend my time if I knew I only had a certain number of days left to live’ has briefly crossed my mind. I’m looking forward to learning about the Gleason’s adjustment to a future very different from what he’d hoped.
The Theory of Everything is the love story of acclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane.
For those hoping that The Theory of Everything will delve deeply into the science Hawkings is famous for, that’s not the emphasis here.
High quality performances are seen all round including the portrayal of Jane by Felicity Jones. However, it’s Eddie Redmayne’s incredible 2015 Best Actor Oscar winning turn as Hawking that generates nothing if not the utmost respect for his talents and handwork.
Redmayne manages to expertly embody Hawking’s physicality, emotions and famously mischievous sense of humour through the various stages of his life before and from the onset of motor neurone disorder.
Directed by James Marsh, this biography / drama for me, is about the beauty of friendship, love and most of all, what is possible with the human spirit.
As Hawking put it himself:
“There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope’.