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The Theory of Everything

HD   PG-13

James Marsh

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About the Movie

Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

79%
  • Reviews Counted: 239
  • Fresh: 188
  • Rotten: 51
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film both adheres to and gently upends the conventions of the Great Man genre. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jan 5, 2015

Rotten: There's little acrimony in The Theory of Everything, which may reflect Hawking's actual outlook or just the movie's puppyish desire to please. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Jan 5, 2015

Fresh: What shines through loud and clear, though, is the humanity in Hawking's incredible story. – Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, Jan 5, 2015

Fresh: The Theory Of Everything provides both insight and comfort. There are many ways to make a relationship work. – Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane, Feb 23, 2015

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Customer Reviews

5 stars aren't enough!!!

Eddie Redmayne's talent is jaw-dropping; his ability to open up Stephen Hawking's whole heart through his body language and eyes, leaves me breathless every time I see this movie. I felt as though Hawking's heart was mine. Redmayne was quoted saying he prepared for the role with the help of a choreographer - this is absolutely evident in how profoundly moving his performance is. This is the story of a man's struggle and triumph that will transform the way you view yourself and your abilities in a magnificent way. Truly empowering! Simply can't give enough stars!!

life, reality, journey

its hard to believe that no matter what second you add or subtract, you will always learn. whether its past present or future. This movie captivates a full spectrum. Always remember that the brain is more powerful than anything you can imagine.

Beautiful, Romantic, and Completely Engaging

"The Theory of Everything" is one of the more unique films of the year, focusing on (almost in the style of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln") a rarely discussed part of a household name's life. In this particular film, the life of world-class physicist Stephen Hawking is featured, focusing not just on his battle with motor neuron disease or even on his scientific theories, but more extensively on his romance with his first wife Jane Hawking and their decades-long marriage and family life. Expertly directed by James Marsh and based on "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" by Jane Wilde Hawking herself, "The Theory of Everything" is, without a doubt, a cinematic marvel.

The story starts at Cambridge University, when the extraordinarily gifted Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) meets at a party the bright, intelligent Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Stephen and Jane are immediately attracted to one another and develop a relationship. Meanwhile, Stephen is eagerly trying to find "the theory of everything" along with his Ph.D. in physics, in which his professor (David Thewlis) and his roommate Brian (Harry Lloyd) eagerly support. But on one fateful day, Stephen learns that he has motor neuron disease and will not survive another two years; the disease will additionally rob him of being able to walk, speak, and write. Undeterred, Jane stays with Stephen; the couple marry and have three children, and Stephen creates a popular theory on the origin of time and becomes the world renowned physicist the public knows today.

The film's screenplay, written by Anthony McCarten, is absolutely incredible. It takes you on not just a cinematic journey but two lifetimes, and weaves the highlights of both seamlessly as their storylines meet, drift away, and then meet again. Every part of the story (whether it involved Stephen, Jane, or both) was fascinating to watch and was highly important to the overall movie, especially as Stephen's disease progressed and limited even more of his abilities. Working seamlessly with McCarten's script to create the perfect mood for the film was the beautiful score composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson (a true masterpiece in its own right), the breathtaking costumes by Steven Noble, and the stunning cinematography by Benoît Delhomme.

The cast, from top to bottom, gave fabulous performances that made the movie incredibly enjoyable to watch. Eddie Redmayne plays, in an outstanding, Oscar-worthy performance, the world-renowned physicist himself, giving it his all in one of the best performances of the year. Redmayne is perfectly able to duplicate Hawking's own actions and beliefs, and every physical alteration he made throughout the film, from the slurring of his speech to the slouch in his steps, made the movie even more real and emotional. Felicity Jones is also phenomenal as Stephen's dedicated, hardworking wife Jane, and gives the viewer valuable insight into Jane's own opinions about her husband's views and success. Jones is wonderful not only independently and in her scenes with Redmayne, but also with Charlie Cox as her character's second husband, Jonathan. That said, Cox is remarkable and completely underrated playing Jonathan, a piano teacher with a tragic backstory. David Thewlis, in his role as Hawking's Professor Dennis Sciama, also deserves some recognition for his well-done performance in the film, as does Harry Lloyd as Stephen's hilarious friend Brian. Rounding out the cast is Maxine Peake as Stephen's nurse Elaine, Emily Watson and Guy Oliver-Watts as Jane's parents, and Simon McBurney and Abigail Cruttenden as Stephen's parents, all giving great performances. And of course, Stephen Hawking's own computerized voice was used, to great effect, throughout the film's final moments.

Overall, "The Theory of Everything" is one of the best films of the year, both a biopic and a love story that leaves an unforgettable impression. While its science and Stephen's physical degeneration may fascinate your mind, its beautiful love story will enthrall your heart.

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