Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, Tom Prior
I saw this film after watching the 2015 BAFTA’s and unsurprisingly, it won and was nominated for a lot of awards. I was completely taken aback at how good it actually was and kicked myself for not seeing it sooner. Shamefully, I knew very little about Stephen Hawking before seeing this but it was a fantastic eye-opener and an extremely educational film and I’m actually finding it very difficult to write an even remotely worthwhile review on what I believe is one of the most inspirational and important films ever made.
There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.
The Theory of Everything is adapted from the novel by Jane Wilde Hawking, Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen Hawking, a memoir of her marriage with Stephen and goes through their life together from University, throughout his illness, right up until they split. I’m not sure to what extent the film is based on true events but I’d be really interested to read the book and find out more about a truly fascinating story.
Eddie Redmayne gave one of, if not the, best performance I have ever seen as Stephen – as a young university student right the way until his disease completely took hold of him. He got each stage and transition perfect and convincingly portrayed how Motor Neurone Disease gradually affects the muscles; starting with a simple drop of a pen or a spill of a drink. Felicity Jones I have not previously seen in anything else but she played Jane effortlessly and elegantly, even during her times of struggle and although she wasn’t perfect, I am in awe of her strength.
There’s not a single thing I can think of that I disliked about The Theory of Everything. Really, it was just a love story. A simple yet unimaginably confusing love story which will inject hope and emotion into it’s viewer. Heart-breakingly emotional yet beautifully uplifting, personally, it made me think about the magnitude of our universe and how irrelevantly small we really are but what we do matters and no matter what, there is always hope. Absolutely breath-taking and a cinematic masterpiece.
P.s Make sure you have tissues