Main Plot Points:
- The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love.
- The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).
What We Thought:
- The Theory of Everything surprised the heck out of me. I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
- I’m a science nerd so of course I did enjoy the story of Stephen Hawking. I didn’t quite know the whole story of how he ended up I a wheelchair and this explains it quite well.
- The film works because of the two leads. Michael Keaton will probably win all the Best Actor awards for Birdman, but to be honest, Eddie Redmayne as Hawking is my personal choice. He is fantastic in this. From a walking man, to being diagnosed with his disease to spending the rest of the film in the wheelchair, Redmayne gives an amazing performance and adds his name to list of current great British/Irish/Scottish actors.
- His wife in the film, Felicity Jones, is equally impressive. Right now she’s my pick for Supporting Actress. I thought she was very good in Like Crazy a few years back and I can’t figure out how she isn’t as big as Keira Knightley. She’s great in this, looks absolutely adorable and is completely charming.
- The film might be a hard sell to a mainstream audience though. I can’t see most audiences wanting to see a bio-pic about the smartest man in the world. It is funny and charming and witty, but you won’t get a lot of people showing up to see it to realize it.
- I will say I laughed extremely hard at one part of the film. For those that know who Stephen Hawking is, you know he talks through a computer. I won’t say what he says, but it might be the greatest Doctor Who reference in film history. I burst out in laughter with a friend who is also a Whovian.
- The Theory of Everything is an extremely well acted, well made and very entertaining film. Redmayne will hopefully join the club of actors like James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and others who cross over into American success. Hopefully Felicity Jones picks up some recognition here as well. If you like bio-pics, period pieces and great acting, see it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Eddie Redmayne
- Felicity Jones
Recommended if You Like:
- A Beautiful Mind
- The Imitation Game
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