Writer: Anthony McCarten (Screenplay) Jane Hawking (Book)
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Harry Lloyd, Alice Orr-Ewing, David Thewlis, Michael Marcus
Plot: A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Fitting Film For Icon
Story: The Theory of Everything starts by taking us to 1963 Cambridge and introducing Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and his best friend Brain (Lloyd). We see how Stephen and Jane’s (Jones) first meeting at a university party where they instantly get along, even though they are very different in beliefs. We start to see the first effects that something isn’t right with Stephen’s body just as he is starting to fully understand what he will go onto study. As Stephen is about to fully understand what he is going to understand, he collapses. Stephen finds out he is suffering from motor neurone disease and is given two years to live. Refusing to let Stephen go through the situation alone Jane stays wanting to make sure they spend his remaining time together.
Stephen and Jane get married and start their own family as his illness worsens, Stephen continues to study his physics where he wants to prove time had a beginning. Stephen continued to break boundaries in science proposing theories nobody else could imagine. We watch how the hawking’s family continues grow and Stephen continues to defy the odds the doctors gave him, all while he continues to try and prove his theories. Stephen’s condition gets worse after he catches pneumonia leaving him without a voice, but even that won’t stop him.
The Theory of Everything is a brilliantly told story of how one of the most iconic men in history defied all the odds to live past the two years he was given in 1963 and still be living today. The incredible story isn’t just about how he lived long past his said time, it shows how he continues to push the boundaries of physics. This turns into a brilliant story of one of the few men that every single person in the world should know because of how much he saw and tried to change about everything we might have known. (9/10)
Eddie Redmayne: Stephen Hawking we follow him from 1963 where starts his journey into the world of physics before finding out about his motor neurone disease and given two years to live. We follow him as his falls in love, starts a family and makes history. Eddie gives a brilliant performance that shows he will be ready for the mega roles in the future. (10/10)
Felicity Jones: Jane Hawking after meeting Stephen they fall in love and she sticks by him as he starts to get sick, she inspires him to continue his work but as time goes by help is needed in their lives. Felicity gives a great job in one of the best performance this year. (10/10)
Support Cast: The Theory of Everything is filled with characters who came into and left the lives of the couple over the years together. We don’t see any that put him down and nearly all of them praise his work. Each one helps tell how loved they both were and how many people helped through the years.
Director Review: James Marsh – James does a great job directing this story of how Stephen Hawking became one of the most influential people of recent time. (10/10)
Biographical: The Theory of Everything shows the relationship between the couple and how both struggle with different parts but stay loyal throughout the time shown. (9/10)
Drama: The Theory of Everything is one of those brilliant dramas that has each scene show how much is going on in the lives. (10/10)
Romance: The Theory of Everything shows how Stephen and Jane fell in love and how their love drove Stephen to carry on going. (9/10)
Settings: The Theory of Everything uses very authentic settings to show the time periods involved. (10/10)
Suggestion: The Theory of Everything is one to be watching because of how important Stephen Hawking is to the world. (Watch)
Best Part: The speech in America.
Worst Part: It does comes off slow at times.
Believability: Based on the true story of the great man. (10/10)
Chances of Tears: (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Awards: Nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Score.
Oscar Chances: It will get plenty of nominations.
Box Office: $23.5 Million (so far)
Budget: $15 Million
Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
Tagline: His mind changed our world. Her love changed his.
Trivia: Eddie Redmayne met with Stephen Hawking only once before filming. “In the three hours I spent with him, he said maybe eight sentences,” recalls Redmayne. “I just didn’t feel like I could ask him intimate things.” Therefore, he found other ways to prepare for the role. He lost about 15 pounds and trained for four months with a dancer to learn how to control his body. He met with 40 ALS patients, kept a chart tracking the order in which Hawking’s muscles declined, and stood in front of a mirror for hours on end, contorting his face. Lastly, he remained motionless and hunched over between takes, so much so that an osteopath told him he had altered the alignment of his spine. “I fear I’m a bit of a control freak,” Redmayne admits. “I was obsessive. I’m not sure it was healthy.”
Overall: The Theory of Everything Great