|Jones and Redmayne, as Jane and |
Stephen Hawking, at the May Ball, 1963
I was expecting a villain of some sort in the plot - likely a hatchet job on Hawking as a husband and the depiction of Jane as some sort of modern saint. She's not. Nor do I want her to be. When she meets Jonathan Jones (Charlie Cox - last seen as a scheming, avaricious aristocrat with a double life on Downton Abbey), a sympathetic church choir director at her local church, she slowly realizes that she can have a different life, a happier life and Hawking, at least as he is pictured here, is oddly receptive to the idea, even encouraging. It helps that Hawking has a flame-haired assistant Elaine Mason (eventually the second Mrs. Hawking) who clearly has her eye on him. And he on her.
Of course, there have been accusations on both sides that neither Jane nor Stephen were as amicable as depicted. Surely true enough. But if these two, who have weathered these extraordinary circumstances, can still claim a personable relationship with each other, surely that is enough that we can set aside the personal recriminations and admire the couple for what they have forged together.