The Theory of Everything – An incredible, powerful and moving story that is worth the watch
After reading Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time in 1988, co-producer and screenwriter Anthony McCarten begins to be interested of Hawking’s work. However, it’s only in 2004, after reading Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen that he thought a movie about Stephen’s life could be adapted to the big screen. It took three years to convince Jane to accept an adaptation of her book into a movie.
Should I see it?
The Theory of Everything is a movie I greatly recommend to anyone who wants to watch something that will make them think during and after the movie about diverse aspects of life.
Directed by James Marsh
Released on November 7, 2014
Running Time: 123 minutes
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox
Review – 8.5/10
The Theory of Everything takes us into the life of the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, from their days at Cambridge to where they are now.
It begins in 1963 when Hawking is at Cambridge and already we see how much of a genius he is. Whereas someone as trouble resolving one physics problem, he can do nine! He may seems socially awkward at times, but he surprises us with everything he says. He soon learns, at the age 21, he has a Lou Gehrig’s Disease, it’s a motor neuron disease that progressed over the years. Slowly but surely it paralysed the body completely, the brain won’t be affected, but the body won’t have the strength to follow anymore. As time goes on following the announcement of his disease, he finally found what subject for his doctoral dissertation he is going to choose, Time. And so on the movie shows us his life with his wife as the years go by, how he lives with his condition but still has the will to go on and work on his researches.
His reaction when he learned of his disease shows us that behind this brilliant man and mind, there is someone entirely like you and me. The lesson of how not to push someone away when you need them the most is greatly showed. And how someone who wants to be there for you pushes you and helps you to be who you are meant to be. If you love someone, sticking through everything by their sides is what is going to make them stronger, with a need to go on no matter what the odds are. We see how he made the discovery of his theory of the black hole. And how, for him, time is something not to take to lightly, and that is a notion that all of us should follow… make the best of it while you can, you never know what’s going to happen. To put it lightly, this man is simply brilliant! And nothing will stop him, not even his disease. He wrote a book, without the ability to speak or write, only with his brilliant mind and the wheelchair adapted for his needs. Against all odds and expectations, this man is living the most he can through his disease. In the end everything is up to ourselves, with someone by our side, the choices we make are still of our making, the consequences we live because of these actions are only of our faults.
The script of this movie is very well-written, the strong emotions it makes us feel all through the movie is incredible, it makes the time goes quite fast, everything we see is useful and interesting to make us learn more about Hawking. And once the movie is over, it only make us want to go read more about this great physicist! The movie is based on the book written by Jane Hawking, and the script written by Anthony McCarten. The bad part? The script doesn’t follow exactly the book of Jane’s memoir, and that I found it regrettable. Some parts were changed to fit more into a “romantic and dramatic convention model”, whereas when I watch a movie based on someone, I want to see 100% true facts, no fiction.
In my opinion the actors are for a great deal of the success in the movie. Great acting from Eddie Redmayne, mostly known for his role in Les Miserables, and Felicity Jones, who plays Jane Hawking, Stephen’s wife. Even with a disease to overcome, they make us believe that the chemistry between the two of them is real. Not everyone would be able to act a man who is slowly losing not only the ability to walk, but also to talk, but Redmayne pulls it off quite brilliantly. Many will think that the movie is entirely about Stephen, but it’s about his life surrounded by his wife Jane, and so, Felicity Jones must not be forgotten for her incredible acting as the wife of Hawking who tries her best to help her husband get through every day while having her own aspirations. Once you finished the movie, go check on the internet what Hawking looked like at his wedding and you will realise just how much resemblance there is between him and Eddie Redmayne in the movie.
This movie, and most of all this incredible man, is an inspiration. He battle his way through life against all the medical theories that didn’t understand how he could still be alive. And through it all, he lived, literally of course, but what I mean is, even if he could have given up on many aspects in his life, he didn’t, and he overcome all obstacles in his way.
I’ll let you find out during this incredible movie what the theory of everything was, is and will be when you use it wisely.
If you can overcome the fact that some parts that you will see are not entirely true, then I suggest this movie without a doubt. It is so powerful to see how in the end, we are at the mercy of things we can’t control but can still try our best to live around it.