DVD & Blu-ray review: Hawking (PG)

Stephen Finnigan DVD/Blu-ray (91mins)

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The Independent Culture

In Stephen Finnigan's efficient documentary, we don't really learn anything new about the smartest man on the planet. More frustratingly it doesn't delve enough into the science of black holes, or the process behind the cosmologist's eureka moments. Narrated by Hawking himself, we learn about his motor neurone disease diagnosis at 21, his love of the limelight and the strain his celebrity, after A Brief History of Time, put on his first marriage. There's a lovely Jim Carrey anecdote, though.