March 14th 2014
- In English
For someone who would like to understand physics a whole lot better, I found the documentary captivating. The passion, commitment, brilliance, etc. of the people involved was infectious and i found myself smiling throughout the film as well as feeling emotional, especially the presence of Peter Higgs and his show of his emotions.St. Louis Member
Did not expect to like this movie but now looking forward to taking my 10-year-old grandson to see it. Excellent movie! And guest speaker was charming--his explanations and sharing most enjoyable.St. Louis Member
Another wrote: I have a 9-year-old daughter with a microscope. i can't wait to show her this movie.
I felt privileged to share a view into not only the science of physics but the personal experience of the people involved. Even more, I was inspired by the pursuit of truth and humble acceptance of the results regardless of what we would like it to be.St. Louis Member
Excellent musical score and sound effects superb. Film makes complex subject comprehensible. Comparison of artistic creativity and theoretical and experimental physics was very effective. Builds suspense and puts viewer in the "shoes" of the scientists. Contrast between P.R. "hype" and reality also effective. Film builds respect for "pure" science.St. Louis Member
Perhaps my favorite film in 6 years of attending, and I expected to be bored to tears. It brilliantly explores and depicts the humanity of science. A collision of science and art that proves how much they share in their search to find and then understand truth.St. Louis Member
This is the best movie I've ever seen that I don't understand. Talking physics is a foreign language to my unscientific mind . . . still the artistry was beautiful, the music was magnificent, and you could have stopped the cameras at any time and there would have been a perfect picture.St. Louis Member
Loved the tremendous accessibility of the material . . . humanized what could be deadly boring and even frightening/Atlanta Member
Loved the graphics throughout! We need more films like that, that appeal to higher causes, like intellectual progress, while still portraying the emotions underlying it. One of the best documentaries ever by the club. That being said, I guess they cut the sex scenes.Atlanta Member
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Moved by the passion and curiosity of everyone involved in the project. Physicists are much cooler and more fun than I expected.Atlanta Member
I am NOT a science or math person but I really enjoyed this!Atlanta Member
Fantastic film! Beautifully done. I knew nothing about it and I still have no idea about Physcis. But it is a wonderful story, a wonderful way to show that people from all nationalities can accomplish something and not argue & kill each other.Atlanta Member
Not a movie I would normally see, but I loved it, and will tell all my "curious" friends about it.Atlanta Member
Fascinating to see all these brilliant scientists working together even tho I hardly understood a thing.Boca Raton Member
Very interesting..their passion is awesome and they were all very likeable.Boca Raton Member
Loved the graphics, the people and the humor.Boca Raton Member
On a broader level, the film delivers the message that international collaboration is better than war and distrust.Boca Raton Member
For the intelligensia only. I loved it but certainly wouldn't interest most people.Boca Raton Member
I learned that scientists are brilliant and very human.Boca Raton Member
Thanks to the club for presenting this marvelous film that I would otherwise have missed--and that would have been a great loss.San Francisco Member
Managed to make me completely invested in the outcome - I was excited regardless of my lack of knowledge or understanding of the subject.
Who knew? A science documentary that was a tear-jerker too. Marvelous, terrific film.
OK, physicists are brilliant but also:San Francisco Member
a) good looking
BTW, an excellent film. Bravo David Kaplan and Walter Murch!
Brilliant! I feel connected to my fellow man and the universe in the most wondrous way. Thank you.San Francisco Member
The emotional content/arc made it understandable to the non-scientists, underscored by the music - bless the producers for highlighting the two female scientists.
Fascinating! A reason I come to film club - GREAT SPEAKER! How lucky we are to have Prof. Dimopoulos.
Long drive down from Sonoma on a rainy Sunday morning....The movie had better be worth it: Oh NO! A documentary about physics. So glad to be WRONG! On all counts: Great drama, intense characters, physics made (somewhat) easier to understand. This is why I come to Cinema Club from Sonoma on Sunday mornings!San Francisco Member
Our speaker was wonderfully accessible and humorous...and brilliant, of course.
Finally! I understand what all this Higgs Particle hoopla is about. 126.5....yeah! No small feat in that the film made a more artistically-inclined chap like myself actually consider studying physics. Pretty great.San Francisco Member
Should be shown in very high school and college - clearly the editing and graphics make the film. If there were copies on sale in the lobby I would buy a dozen.
When I joined the Cinema Club I was told there would be no math! (Great film for any age of physics students to to think (and work) outside the box.San Francisco Member
Nerdvana! I loved this movie and found it surprisingly moving.Washington, DC Member
Filmmaker should be commended for making a dry, difficult-to-understand subject interesting by choosing articulate, funny and knowledgeable scientists for the film.Washington, DC Member
Never in my life is thought I would be emotional about two beams colliding. I had tears in my eyes! What a great movie!!Washington, DC Member
Finally, a beautiful bridge between the "Two Cultures," art and science.Washington, DC Member
As a movie about science, I didn't understand a word. As a movie about the best of humanity, it was enlightening and lovely.Washington, DC Member
Really enjoyed this film - it showed the human side of scientists. It gave my nerd heart a thrill!Washington, DC Member
General observations: The film received "rave" reviews from our Club! Recurring adjectives from the response cards: "riveting," "superb," "fascinating," "awesome," exciting," Two members said that the film brought tears to their eyes. Quite a few observed that the film made difficult concepts understandable (although there were some who disagreed - see below). Four respondents said that the film should be required viewing in schools. And many members praised our guest speaker, Sarah Demers: e,g,Greater New Haven Member
"Sarah Demers was fantastic: articulate and obviously a wonderful teacher."
"How fortunate we are to have had access to this perfectly matched, articulate, and interesting speaker! She added immeasurably to the experience."
Stunningly beautiful film that portrays all that is noble in human kind. The surprise was how much humor scientists have.Greater New Haven Member
This film captivated the audience.Greater New Haven Member
Quite a change of pace for the Cinema Club. I'd expect to have seen this on "Nova." However, the experience at the Madison Arts Cinema was outstanding, including not only the documentary but the presentation by Sarah Demers. Thank you for a special Sunday morning.Greater New Haven Member
Reignited my interest in Physics. I wish my kids had seen it in their teen years.Greater New Haven Member
This is a great documentary. I found fascinating how curiosity was emphasized and passion towards research/knowledge whose answers are not to be found immediately. I also loved the fact that the film highlighted that some connections (powerful ones) exist between art and science, something that is often forgotten. Scientists must be artists/creators and vice versa.Greater New Haven Member
A wonderful look at the scientist persona. Beyond boring formula and dry mathematics, this movie humanizes the quest and reveals this unknown world of multi-national geniuses. Magnificent. The crayon-color components make this more fun than the grandest set of Legos. Kaleidoscopic collisions were joyful to watch.Greater New Haven Member
One of the best films I've seen here! Thank you, Cinema Club!Greater New Haven Member