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I am not a scientist, I have no scientific bent. Nor have I ever
studied the odd couple pairing of Einstein and Eddington. I simply have
the greatest of respect for David Tennant as an actor, and so watched
this film with an eye to Mr Tennant's performance. However, my
expectations were more than met with this tribute to an early 19th
century event, which changed the course of science as it had been known
before. Evidently, Einstein, a German born scientist with 'crazy'
ideas, had moved to Switzerland to marry and raise a family, while
Arthur Eddington, a gay, Quaker, pacifist, was just finishing up his
years at Cambridge. Lauded as an heir to Sir Isaac Newton, Mr.
Eddington had a seat at Cambridge, despite his being a pacifist, much
frowned on by the many Lords and gentlemen who had donated a son to the
1st World War. Especially as the battle of Ypres raged, and 15,000 were
lost to chlorine gas, Mr. Eddington's passivity rubbed raw the
sensibilities of a nation against Germany in particular. Meanwhile,
Einstein had been lured to Berlin, in hopes that his theories would
provide war capable weapons. As it happened, Einstein was against the
war, and did not wish that his theories be used as weapons. And so,
given his 'relinquishment' of his German residency, as a 'Citizen of
the World', his life was reigned in by the German powers, and he became
unable to have a voice in his community, be it scientific or personal.
And of course, during World War 11, he was excoriated as a Jew, and
barely fled with his life. The US wanted his knowledge, and of course,
eventually, the atomic bomb was invented, based on his theory of
relativity. But that was many years after this moment in time. Arthur
Eddington discovered a variation in the known elipse of Mercury, and
with the help of a German family he had rescued from a violent English
protest, sent a translated letter to Einstein explaining his new
theory. Einstein was unable to answer him, due to the German soldiers
denying his entrance to his only post box. However, Eddington and his
scientific companion convinced Cambridge University to pay for a trip
to Africa, in order to prove a new theory on the relationship of the
stars to the sun, during a total eclipse. Einstein, of course, went on
to incredible fame and notoriety. Eddington, however, did not pursue
fame, and faded into obscurity. This is a wonderful film, and trust me
- you needn't know science to understand what this adventure is all
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indeed a great one.
A far cry from Dr Who but Tennant plays a great role.
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The movie is nice. I would like to be improved the love relation between eddington and his girlfriend thank you..
Great actors, great story
This is a superb drama, combining a well-presented scientific and
historical explication of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity
alongside a gripping portrait of the moral dilemmas that scientists
have to struggle with as they try to reconcile the demands of country
The twin leads British scientist Arthur Eddington (David Tennant) and
Einstein (Andy Serkis) lead very different lives but face not only
similar scientific opposition and derision but also similar pressures
to back their country's efforts to win the First World War. Tennant
shakes off the Dr Who expectations in pointing up the problems of a gay
pacifist Quaker who tries to prove the new-fangled theories of 'enemy'
scientist Einstein a theory especially dangerous because it
undermines the ordered view of the universe created by English
scientist Isaac Newton. Einstein's complicated private life is
compounded by his revulsion at fellow scientists' work in developing
poison gas. Both Tennant and Serkis get right into the skin of their
characters - two brilliant actors on top form.
The drama brings over very effectively the transition from the
comfortable life of the scientists in pre-war Cambridge and Switzerland
to the tragedies of war. Jim Broadbent as Sir Oliver Lodge and Donald
Sumpter as Max Planck lead the scientific establishments in Cambridge
and Berlin as they pervert their scientific beliefs to condone mass
killing on a scale never before seen. The main female roles have rather
less to do, but Rebecca Hall as Eddington's sister, Lucy Cohu as
Einstein's abandoned wife and Jodhi May as his mistress all add an
extra warmth to the production and help to avoid the danger of focusing
only on clever men using symbols and formulae to bemuse their
colleagues (and the audience).
The settings Cambridge, Berlin and West Africa, where Eddington
photographed a total eclipse of the sun to prove the Einstein's theory
was right provide a powerful backdrop to the human drama, making it
all the more believable. All in all, a very successful and informative
BBC and HBO drama that maintains tension and excitement throughout..