Walking into The Theory of Everything I knew very little about Stephen Hawking. I knew he was some sort of genius and that he was severely handicap who was incapable of  normal speaking. I had seen him in a walk on in The Big Bang Theory. Two hours and three minutes later I knew a lot more about Hawking and will share only a little with you so that if you know as little as I did you can make the discoveries along the way as I did.

I can tell you the movie is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen who met him just before he was diagnosed with a motor disorder that would paralyze and effect most of his body except for his brain.  Oh yes, he was given 2 years to die at the age of 21. It is not a spoiler to tell you Mr. Hawking is still alive now at the age of 72. He is a cosmologist who produced a book, A Brief History of Time, that sold 10 million copies.

Though there are some brief science and health related scenes that I couldn’t follow The Theory of Everything is a love story between a man and woman who went through 25 years of marriage with a lot more to face than the challenges that marriage brings.

Starting with the first meeting between Stephen and Jane you have no doubt that this is a true story because of the chemistry and the acting of  Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, both giving award nominating performances. With David Thewlis as Stephen’s tutor and mentor, Charlie Cox as a choirmaster, Maxine Peak as a nurse/speech therapist along with a strong supporting cast as classmates, family and peers there is no faulting the acting.

The screenplay by Anthony McCarten rings true except for one Hollywoodish, sappy line ‘Where there is life, there is hope’ which is the only false note and I was surprised that director James Marsh who makes an intelligent, feeling movie and, with the actors, makes the love story real, allowed that line.  The music for the film by Johann Johansson is very effective in the sense it doesn’t take you out of the movie at any time.

The Theory Of Everything  doesn’t have the star power that A Beautiful Mind had but if you liked that film you will love this one.

An aside: at one point Stephen Hawking asks, ‘What if the secret of the universe had to do with sex?’ and I want to tell him that I found out the answer a long time ago!


Posted November 28, 2014 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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