“The Theory of Everything,” takes an extraordinary and complex story, and simplifies it…in the best way possible. Director James Marsh’s take on the story of Jane and Stephen Hawking inspires, but never feels preachy.
Which is no small feat, considering this biopic focuses on a world-famous physicist who was given two years to live after being diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21. Of course, they were a bit off with their prognosis, as Stephen Hawking went on to become a respected, and one of the most famous (if not the most famous)physicists in the modern age.
It’s an incredible story, told simply and beautifully, and with some help from an outstanding cast.
Before I get into just how awesome Eddie Redmayne is as Stephen Hawking, I’d like to applaud the work of Felicity Jones who plays Jane Hawking, Stephen’s incredibly devoted, and overwhelmed wife. Jones could have easily been outshone by the her co-star, but she holds her own, and even at times, steals the spotlight. Not to mention the fact, that for a good portion of the film she literally holds up her co-star’s performance.
That being said, Eddie Redmayne’s transformation into Stephen Hawking is by far the best part of the film. If he is not nominated for an Oscar for this role, then I look forward to seeing the performances of the actors who take his place. Redmayne manages to capture the physical struggle of Hawking without playing the victim. The sheer physicality of the role is inspiring by itself, but when combined with the humor and intelligence that he manages to emote without even saying a word, well it’s hard to describe.
Simply put, “The Theory of Everything,” is a good film. Given its subject, it could have easily been bogged down by too much science or struggle, but instead focuses on the human spirit’s incurable curiosity, and it’s ability to endure, and thrive.
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