The Theory of Everything is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity; My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking which is the true to life story of Stephen Hawking, the renowned astrophysicist and one of the world’s greatest living minds. The Theory of Everything is a depiction of the life of an outstanding astrophysicist. It is a story about love and commitment despite difficult circumstances.
Hawking was diagnosed with his disease at the age of 21 while still at Cambridge. He was diagnosed with the motor neuron disease that robbed him of nearly all voluntary movement. He was given two years to live and a doctor predicted that his thoughts would be affected.
The movie deals with his relationship with Jane Wilde, a fellow student at Cambridge during the 1960’s. They deeply fell in love and Jane married him even with his disease and fought tirelessly by his side while Stephen embarked on his scientific work. They both discovered breaking grounds in medicine and science.
While the movie looks like a BBC movie airing in PBS, it has solid script and the performances of the main actors are phenomenal especially Eddie Redmayne. He brought charm to the role and fully captured the humor of Hawking even when his body failed him. The movie is more about human drama and triumph than science and cosmology. It is realistic in depicting Hawking’s disease which is at times very painful to watch.
It is not perfect movie and melodramatic on some parts but overall a good biopic movie and it is worth watching.
Eddie Redmayne starred as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones starred as Jane Hawking and directed by James Marsh.
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