The Theory of Everything from director, James Marsh, tells the story of Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife, Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). The film chronicles Hawking’s early days as a student at Cambridge University, his ALS diagnosis at age 21 and how he defied the odds to continue living his life and pursuing his dream.
With this film, viewers see both the highs and the lows for Stephen and Jane. The on-screen chemistry from Redmayne and Jones is just outstanding throughout the film. Both Redmayne and Jones are nominated for Oscars in the Best Actor and Actress categories respectively, and rightfully so. In fact, Redmayne’s performance is my one of my favorites this year and is my pick to win Best Actor. As the film progresses, Hawking loses the ability to speak. Redmayne portrayed this just brilliantly, communicating with his eyes. I believe moments in the film like that may propel Redmayne ahead of the rest for the Oscar prize.
As far as the film as a whole, I was pleasantly surprised. I knew the overarching theme was Hawking’s battle with ALS. That being said, The Theory of Everything does not make you feel like you should lock yourself in your room and cry all night long after watching it. In fact, it makes you feel the opposite. I would even say it empowers you to go out and accomplish your goals or dreams no matter what stands in your way.
I Give It An: A
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