The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

(2014)

The extraordinary story of Jane and Stephen Hawking.

Biopic on renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) as Hawking and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as his long time partner, Jane. New Zealander Anthony McCarten adapted Jane's memoir Travelling to Infinity and produces, having tenaciously pursued the project since 2004. Directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire).... More

Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Hawking embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time.

While Jones was nominated for an Oscar, Redmayne won an Academy Award for his performance as well as a Golden Globe. In total, the film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.Hide

Flicks Review

Stephen Hawking is without doubt one of the great minds of our time and demonstrably a champion for the cause of overcoming insurmountable obstacles. Yet when it comes to mainstream cinema, the Hollywood factory line would normally break down in the face of a wheelchair-bound hero spouting mind-breaking astrophysics through a mechanical voice.... More

Sure there was a telemovie – starring Benedict Cumberbatch no less – but Hawking’s was never a big cinema story. That is until the perspective shifted to his first wife Jane. The Theory of Everything is not a tale of physics or physical disability. This is a love story, at times a rom-com, and – spoiler for real life – somewhat of a tragic one.

This change in perspective to tell Jane’s story delivers two vital outcomes.

Firstly, it allows Hawking to be a flawed hero; at times bitter, in denial, even unlikeable. The tale of his diagnosis and fight is infinitely better for knowing how close he came to resigning himself to disappearing, and the personal complications brought on by his success, both professional and medical.

Secondly, it means the film has no end. The last half of the story is covered in the last ten minutes of the film. Skipped over really. In a foolhardy effort to avoid tarnishing reputations and to deliver a too-neat happy ending, The Theory of Everything drops the ball entirely.

While the rightly award-recognised Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones excel in the lead roles, they are abandoned at the last turn by a film that sacrifices too much for a postcard ending.Hide


The Peoples' Reviews

BY thorinoak superstar

Eddie Redmanye's performance is sublime but the film over stretches itself by not focusing on one incident of Hawkings life but tries to cover it all.


BY joyous nobody

This film was amazing ..The strength and endurance of all his family and particually his wife.
Every Man and Woman should see this and take from this film that that is what a relationship is all about ...Endurance.... persistence...loyalty...
Went to see it twice..
What a brilliant man...


BY Gaspardation superstar

The film is like a ppt with many halos, but Eddie's performance is so convincing!


BY MariaC superstar

Fantastic movie - didn't even look at my phone once. Very captivating. Great acting. Humourous and a tear-jerker at times.


BY ksaumure wannabe

I enjoyed the movie, but would have also liked to see a little more emphasis on the science.


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The Press Reviews

80% of critics recommend.
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  • What I loved about this film is this concept of a single equation to explain everything and it just got me into the world of his mind, even though I don't understand anything... Full Review

  • A lovingly balanced biopic that fends off award-gobbling clichés. Smarts + heart = a winner: it’s a simple equation, but Marsh makes it add up. Full Review

  • A compassionate and inspiring look at an extraordinary life, anchored by two of the best performances of the year. Full Review

  • At its best (which is often), director James Marsh’s affecting biopic of the cosmos-rattling astrophysicist Stephen Hawking plays deftly against schmaltz. Full Review

  • It's a film to leave you reeling but cheered, too. It's about battling love, as well as illness. A universal story, extracted from a unique one. Full Review

  • Can’t help but recall earlier disability dramas like “My Left Foot” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Full Review

  • Despite a handsome production and two genuinely brilliant lead performances, The Theory Of Everything stumbles into virtually every pitfall that afflicts biopics about geniuses. Full Review

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