When I see a documentary about a famous figure, I expect to learn something new. I’ll leave it to the biopics to play up familiar aspects, dramatize particular moments, and bend the truth. When it comes to the documentary and the subject is an active participant in the filmmaking, then we should be able to go deeper. Sadly, Hawking rarely lets us get a fresh look at one of history’s greatest minds. Walking into the film, we know the surface of Stephen Hawking: he’s a genius, he’s disabled, and he’s famous. Other than some cursory moments about Hawking’s marriage and the professor’s sense of humor, Hawking is a disappointingly shallow exploration about the man who discovered the depth of the cosmos.