Director Errol Morris has taken a daunting subject--one man's lifelong obsession with the creation of the universe--and fashioned a uniquely thought-provoking entertainment highlighted by an unexpected dose of wit. While not as riveting as some of his earlier work, Morris's A BRIEF
HISTORY OF TIME is nonetheless an outstanding documentary.
The film's magnificent opening shot, a stellar landscape, is something you'd expect to see in a planetarium, not a movie theater. It's followed by the eerily disembodied voice of the film's subject, Stephen Hawking, who is arguably the world's foremost astronomer. "What came first, the chicken or
the egg?" queries Hawking. A ...