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This biographical romantic drama film by director James Marsh managed to squeak out a small
profit after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2014. The $15-million
dollar story chronicles the turbulent adult life of world-renown physicist Stephen Hawking
alongside his wife. The 123-minute film is adapted from Jane Hawking's memoir, "Travelling
to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" - and indeed, focuses more on their relationship as a couple,
and less on his groundbreaking work in astrophysics. Eddie Redmayne provides a showstopping performance
as the eager Cambridge student who is diagnosed with motor neuron disease... which eventually
robs him of his ability to speak, eat and walk. The range of emotions exhibited by Redmayne
is incredible and honest; especially during the later half when he emotes with his entire
body, rather than his voice. He was so convincing in fact, that his real-life counterpart reportedly
admitted to thinking he was watching himself at certain points. It's more than just a spot-on
impersonation though... Redmayne imbues the role with real heart... bringing the audience
along for an emotional experience. Felicity Jones is equally remarkable as the steadfast
and patient wife... who endures more pain and hardship than anyone could have asked.
She is cautioned early by a concern family member who says, "This will not be a fight...
this is going to be a very heavy defeat." As with any biopic, the narrative sort of
meanders from one disconnected milestone to the next, with numerous supporting players
popping in and out as required. This is really Eddie and Felicity's movie though; their passion
and chemistry is the undeniable glue that holds this otherwise predictable story together.
An early scene where Redmayne compares a brightly lit dance floor to the ultraviolet hues of
the cosmos is effective at showcasing their intelligent, yet playful dynamic. When the
disease finally does take hold, and that familiar computerized voice is heard, it is actually
Hawking himself - that provided the sound. As this is a biographical period drama based
on true-events, released theatrically after Labor Day, it's hard not to see "The Theory
Of Everything" as anything *but* an Oscar-bait picture... and invariably, I suspect Redmayne
will receive many nods for his memorable turn here. As much as Hollywood's award-hungry
attitudes frustrate me, it's important not to hold that against the picture itself. Marsh's
cinematic style punctuates conventional scenes with somewhat ethereal moments that contain
a sort of dreamlike quality about them. All while Jóhann Jóhannsson's uplifting piano
and string-heavy score swells in the background. The PG-13 rated film doesn't really make any
mistakes, but it never does anything to set itself apart from any other bio-pic. "The
Theory Of Everything" may be familiar and depressing, but it's also an inspiring romance
about an influential figure. Here's what you had to say in the YouTube comments.
You praised the acting, but were critical of the pacing, scoring this a GREAT. Brilliant
performances here, but they're hampered by a rather unoriginal package, I thought it
was COOL.
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The Theory Of Everything -- Movie Review #JPMN

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Wang Ya Tzu published on January 23, 2018
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