It really did have a bit of everything. Phenomenal acting, heartfelt drama and an inspiring true story.
Can I pick fault at the Oscar winning of one of the most intelligent and courageous physicists in the world?
There’s only one way to find out.
No, I can’t. Brilliant.
It’s hard to rant about a film when it was executed so perfectly. Finally a good film!
Eddie Redmayne was outstanding. It didn’t feel like I was watching an actor doing an impression. I felt like I was watching Hawking.
He delivered sincerity and charm to the role with aplomb. A charismatic performance that deservedly earned that shiny Oscar.
The opening zips along and is relatively easy going with Stephen and Jane (Felicity Jones) first meeting and inevitably falling in love.
It’s a little schmaltzy if I’m being really picky but the pair have fantastic chemistry to make it more than bearable.
It is heartbreaking as we see a chipper lovestruck Hawking focusing on his studies. Completely unaware of what lurks around the corner.
Director James Marsh and writer Anthony McCarten handle the story delicately.
We see Stephen begin to stumble, clumsily drop things and struggle to write little bits of equations. That is until one little accident . . .
All it took was one trip on the pavement. It happened quite unexpectedly. A few people actually jumped in the screen.
This soon becomes something so much more. As does this story.
Hawking soon has to deal with being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS). An initial diagnosis that only gave him a life span of two years.
I couldn’t even imagine what it must have felt like and still feel for the man.
I won’t delve too much into the story because I want you guys to see this one.
What was interesting about The Theory of Everything is that it’s not just Stephen’s story. It’s also Jane’s story.
Both not fully prepared with what this diagnosis would do. The challenge it would become. The toll it would take.
Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction/Chalet Girl) gave a fantastic performance as Jane and certainly earned that nomination. I expect to see more of her in the foreseeable future.
Doing everything she can for the man she loves and marrying him so they can enjoy whatever time they have left.
Heartbreaking, beautiful and inspiring.
If you are expecting more of the science stuff. Science stuff? Only the creation of the entire universe.
The film doesn’t really bog down too much on that aspect. It focuses very much on the people behind the science.
You could argue that a biopic always wins BIG. And just because it is a biopic, people will say it’s good and deserves an Oscar.
Not so! There’s a whole schedule of them on True Movies that will prove that theory wrong.
All it takes is a bad script, bad actor or bad execution and the biopic (No matter how inspiring or interesting it is) is ruined.
Luckily, there is never a doubt.
Hawking continues to miraculously defy his diagnosis BUT the condition take its toll NOT just on the man.
As well as seeing Hawking’s daily struggle, we also see Jane’s. By looking at how both Stephen and Jane are affected, we have a more rounded story.
Both aren’t painted perfectly in this tale.
It is tough to watch at times and you can feel for the pair. Jane made a sacrifice not completely aware of its full extent.
Redmayne really captures the expressions and movements intricately.
There is quite a bit of humour. Most notably being when Stephen is finally given a voice after losing his own. And the voice, we all know, being American. “Is that a problem?”, mutters the naive technician. A little grin flickers across the professor’s face.
Come on. Be honest. How many people thought he was American? No, just me. Oops.
I didn’t realise what Hawking had to endure. The constant battle with his body as it continues to shut down.
Things take an even more dramatic turn when Jane starts having feelings for another man.
The introduction of Jonathan (Charlie Cox) was an interesting development and was handled delicately.
It hits home a little harder when Stephen asks Jonathan to keep helping around the house because his wife needs him.
Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) was very good. He had great chemistry with Jones and worked well with Redmayne.
The dynamic certainly sparked questions on Jane’s behaviour but at the same time you could relate and understand.
Even Professor Hawking seemed to be getting very close to his speech therapist (Maxine Peake).
The toll really starting to take a hold.
The cast cannot be faltered. Even the supporting cast was superb consisting of the likes of David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen from Game of Thrones!) and Simon McBurney (The Vicar of Dibley).
It really is an inspiring story of one mans struggle to defy the odds. But no one can do it alone. Jane’s support and dedication is something to be commemorated.
The final moments were touching. An uplifting, easygoing and wonderful acted biopic. A little cheesy BUT it really did have a bit of everything.
One of the best films, if NOT the best film, of the year. SO FAR.
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