How could a man be diagnosed in 1963 with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and given 2 years to live still be with us today?
The answer is the remarkable Stephen Hawking. One of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, also has a strong will to live and overcome all setbacks.
One of the UK’s brightest and most versatile young talents is Eddie Redmayne. You may have seen Eddie give compelling performances in My Week with Marilyn or Les Miserabes, but The Theory Of Everything will be his breakthrough role.
Eddie spent four months studying for his complicated portrayal of Stephen Hawking, and completely nailed it. The film is based on the memoir of Jane Hawking, Stephens’ first wife, played amicably by the beautiful Felicity Jones, who also appeared in “The Amazing Spiderman 2.”
They are a total mismatch, as Jane is a church going Catholic, and Stephen is an atheist. He is also just on the verge of becoming one of the most renown scientists of the 20th Century.
The film opens on the campus of Cambridge with Hawking racing on bicycles with his best friend Bryan, played by “Game Of Thrones” star Harry Lloyd, (who in real life is the great- great, – great grandson of author Charles Dickens).
Full of energy and a great love for his brand new girlfriend Jane, Hawking’s life soon is headed for big changes. His running, walking, bicycle riding, and rowing (crew) teams on the Thames days are soon coming to an end. Now engaged to Jane, Stephen is told he has a mere two years to live.
Even though his parents try to warn her not to, Jane not only meets the challenge, but supersedes as both wife and caregiver to Stephen, plus mother to their three children. Director James Marsh had the option of portraying the storyline from here on as a cliched, sappy couple dealing with great adversity in a patronizing fashion so typical in bio pictures, but he doesn’t. We not only witness the most uncomfortable moments of both of their lives, we also see their great love and respect for each other, and even get a glimpse of their future lovers.
After several years of constantly rising to a pinnacle in her self-appointed care-taking of Stephen, it is suggested to Jane by Stephen’s mother (Emily Watson), that she do something out of the house, perhaps joining the church choir. Jane’s handsome choir director Jonathan (Charlie Cox), is a recently widowed, and very lonely man, who not only becomes a big part of Jane’s life, but Stephen’s as well.
The Theory Of Everything is one of the best film’s I have ever seen in terms of real people surviving incomparable odds.
Reminiscent of The King’s Speech, I predict once this film gets seen all over the world, it will be regarded as a front runner for this year’s “Best Picture.”
Redmayne and Felicity both give outstanding performances of two very loving, but very different personalities, who conquer it all. They ultimately give up each other for someone else that may even be more suitable for each other’s happiness.
Stephen became world famous as a theory driven physicist for his Einstein-like discoveries, and Jane wrote the memoir,Traveling To Infinity: My Life With Stephen, which the movie is based on.
Two extraordinary people, one great film!
Watch the trailer above!