Review: The Theory of Everything
THE Theory of Everything is a must-see film for 2015. The film follows the life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease. It is a powerful love story which shows the marriage of Hawking to his first wife, Jane Wilde, with whom he had three children. The film is an adaptation of Jane Wilde’s memoir, ‘Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’.
The movie highlights the most important aspects of Stephen Hawking’s life and gets straight to the point of his illness early on. It isn’t a film filled with pointless scenes, they all tell a part of his extraordinary story. It shows how Dr Stephen Hawking has been defying all the odds against him and he continues to do so.
Eddie Redmayne takes on the role of Dr Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease while studying for his PhD in Cambridge University. His portrayal of the physicist is flawless. Redmayne conveys the hardships and everyday struggles facing Hawking following his devastating diagnosis, which is quite distressing. Felicity Jones plays Jane Wilde with an equally impressive performance in the film. Jones portrays the courage of Jane Wilde perfectly. Together they show us the life that Stephen and Jane Hawking shared together from the early 1960s until their divorce in 1995. It shows that love can conquer almost anything.
Charlie Cox plays the Hawking couple’s friend, Jonathan, in the film with a performance not to be overlooked. Jonathan shows the importance of friendship but his complex relationship with Jane causes him to take a step back from his involvement with the Hawking family.
I think the fact that the cast spent time with the real-life Hawkings has helped to make this film such a success. Getting to know them personally allowed the actors to convey them in a very real light. It was spectacular. Speaking of Dr Stephen Hawking, Redmayne said that getting to meet him was a “great honour” of his and it was “wonderful. A real education”.
For me, this is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. The directing is brilliant and the acting is phenomenal. It is sure to be one of the cinema highlights of 2015. Its success can already be seen with Eddie Redmayne receiving the Golden Globe for Best Actor earlier this week for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.
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