Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and David Thewlis
It’s easy to say that 2014 hasn’t been the best year for film so far, but the year definitely isn’t over yet, and if what’s to come is as good as James’s Marsh’s latest film, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. It is one of those films that will have people everywhere talking about how wonderful it is, and will most likely go on to earn an Oscar nomination for Eddie Redmayne, the film’s lead actor. (Ok, admittedly I’m no expert when it comes to awards predictions, but I’m going out on a limb here to say that Redmayne deserves every accolade possible for his work here. No joke. He will bring you to tears.)
Based on the book “Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen”, written by famous genius, Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane (played in the film by Felicity Jones), THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING tells the story of when the two first met during their years at Cambridge University, Stephen’s diagnosis, their subsequent marriage, and eventual divorce. It doesn’t focus too much on his academic success or his significant contributions to the world of physics or how he changed the way we look at the universe, but it doesn’t shy away from those topics either. It is definitely a story of his personal life, but it is almost impossible to neglect the brilliant mind of Dr. Hawking.
The most stand out element of this film (aside from the prodigious story) is Redmayne’s performance and physical transformation throughout the film. There are times when watching that it felt like an extraordinary feat to see Redmayne manifest himself into an image of Hawking we are all familiar with, but he accomplishes this with incredible success and surprising ease. His transformation gets right under your skin, and touches your heart because his journey is so powerful. We may not all be able to relate to all the challenges Hawking has faced in his life, but we can definitely appreciate everything that he has accomplished with his brilliant mind, and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING honours his work and his life beautifully.
How many sheep would you give The Theory of Everything?