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Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen," by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”).
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this tour de force.
Aside from my raves for the acting and, I should mention as well, the fine writing of the book and script, it was tremendously refreshing to see a film that is not about killing, hate, gratuitous violence and men in silly costumes that belie reality or girls trying to catch a man or vice versa. I'm happy to go to the theatre to see science made understandable and even sexy instead of being dumbed down by a date film or, as I said, a glorification of violence.
Well done, Hollywood. Thanks for this one.
Couple of comments: first and foremost, this does not strive or is intended to be a biopic of Stephen Hawking, but instead it brings the story of Stephen and Jane. This is only confirmed when in movie's end titles, I noticed that the script is based on Jane's memoir ("Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen"). Second, much has been made about the acting performances so let's get to that: yes, the rumors are true: Eddie Redmayne, previously best known from My Week With Marilyn and Les Miserables, will blow you away as Stephen, reminding me of Daniel Day Lewis' defying role in My Left Foot all those years ago. Watch Redmayne collect many an award in the upcoming awards season. But equally brilliant is Felicity Jones as Jane. I saw Jones recently in "Breathe In", where she was completely miscast as a high school exchange student (she is 30 in real life). Here, she get a mature role that seems tailor-fit for her. Surely this will get noticed as well in the upcoming awards season. Third, the movie's production and photography is brought with richness and lushness. Fourth, the orchestral score, courtesy of composer Johann Johannsson, is as sentimental as it is delightful. If there is one negative comment that I have about the movie, it is that the scientific side of Stephen Hawking's academic work is all but left untouched. I am not the wiser now than I was before the movie as to why Hawking's theories are so important and set him aside from many other thinkers and scientists of his generation. A missed opportunity in my opinion although as stated before, I don't think the movie ever intended to explore that aspect in detail.
The movie opened recently at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Sunday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great, which really surprised me. Seeing that the movie has been garnering a lot of positive buzz in recent weeks, I would've thought that people would come in droves to see this. All that aside, the bottom line is "The Theory of Everything" is a wonderful and tender look at Jane and Stephen Hawking's relationship, and the two lead performances will dazzle you. "The Theory of Everything" is HIGHLY RECOMENDED
I wish to address those: Those whom have an issue, I can guarantee, are people who assumed it was a film largely about Hawking's contribution to the science world. Yes, this film does not really tap into this information; but guess what? That is not the purpose of this film.
If you read this review, you have had your interest piqued whether you heard of Redmayne's performance, or the cast, or anything at all. I will say that you will not know what the film is like until you try it. However, if you seek a love story, regardless of fictional or existing figures, this is one beautiful tale you will want to watch.
Many continue to say this film is a lie and appallingly inaccurate; well to that I say is: Do you mean to say that Jane and Stephen are liars? Did they simply speak about the script and information and unknowingly said all was accurate when it was a lie? No. This film again is not intended of Hawking's journey in the science field, and out of respect they do dabble that information, but largely the point is the roller coaster of their marriage.
This film truly had me question my perspective of people and their situations. I love this film, and the score and photography certainly were beautiful to take in. I went to the movies and saw this; and when I came out, within seconds I opened up Amazon to pre-order this.
I will certainly not regret my decision.
I am glad they made this movie while the subject is still living.
It is hopeful, uplifting, heartbreaking, tender and real. You will never forget it.