‘The Theory of Everything’ Directed by James Marsh starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis and Christian McKay. The film is an adaptation from the memoir ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’ by Jane Wilde Hawking. The film delves into the life of Stephen Hawking, his relationships, diagnosis of motor neurone disease and his success in physics.
The film is extremely real you can feel the emotion and easily relate to the struggles the characters endue. The theme of love is prominent throughout while heartbreak definitely strenghthens your emotional connection with both Steven [Redmayne] and Jane [Jones]. Heartbreak through Steven’s struggle with motor neurone disease and the pressure it puts on the people around him is essential to feel an emotional connection with the film.
The thing I like most about ‘The Theory of Everything’ is the journey’s it takes you on. Whether it be Stephens journey with motor neurone disease or his success as a Physicist it is incredible to see what he managed to achieve while his health was so rapidly diminishing. The film is inspiring and motivating. No matter what is going on in your life you can’t let it get in the way of achieving your goals.
My favourite quote from the film is “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, while there is life, there is hope.” – S. Hawking.
While Stephen is a complete genius it is incredible to see how much motor neurone disease effected his life but the determination he had to continue. Redmayne’s performance of portraying motor neurone and the take over of his body was particularly effective. It’s not the kind of movie you can just flick on and zone out. If you want to be moved by a film this is the film for you. If you want to be inspired, you should definitely check it out.
If you’re still not sure whether you want to see this film maybe the awards and nominations may convince you. It received four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for Redmayne and Best Original Score. It received three 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, winning one for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Redmayne. It received 10 nominations in British Academy Film Awards or BAFTA. The film also received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Redmayne and Best Actress for Jones.
Check out the trailer HERE: