Taking a look at the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, we review The Theory of Everything right here on Screen Critix, after the jump.
A fair few biopics are released each year and whilst some fade away without so much as a fizzle, the odd few manage to remain a constant when discussions begin in regards to great movies featuring fantastic performances. We predict that The Theory of Everything will place in the latter section.
The film starts in the early 60’s with Hawking as a student in Cambridge. Already showing signs of brilliance, he meets Jane at a party and the two hit it off. A relationship starts to blossom but Hawking soon finds out he has motor neuron disease and is given just two-years to live. Jane, realising she loves him, promises to stay by his side and take care of him for what little time they have together. Obviously, Hawking proves the doctors wrong by, not only living a long life, but goes on to change the way we look at our lives, the universe and time.
Set for release early next year, expect the film to be surrounded by Oscar buzz, especially for the film’s main star Eddie Redmayne. As Hawking, Redmayne is simply breath taking. From his early days as a Cambridge student falling in love with Jane (Felicity Jones) to finding international fame as a wondrous scientist, Redmayne lives and breathes the role of Hawking – so much so that you’d be forgiven in thinking he isn’t acting at all. No mean feat.
It’s not just the performances of Redmayne, Jones and the rest of the cast that scintillate; the look of the movie is beautiful as is the score. The screenplay, which is based around Jane Hawkings actual memoirs, is fluid, entertaining and highly emotional throughout.
Director James Marsh, who gained Oscar glory for his documentary Man on Wire, does an amazing job with The Theory of Everything.
Expect Oscar nominations for Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, James Marsh and for the film itself. A stunning piece of work.