5 October 2015

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything 2014
  • Director: James Marsh
  • Based on the biography by Jane Hawking
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd, Davis Thewliss, Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, Adam Godley, Maxine Peake
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Eddie Redmayne – Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn, The Pillars of the Earth, The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth the Golden Age
    • Felicity Jones – The Tempest, Brideshead Revisited
    • Harry Lloyd – Wolf Hall, Jane Eyre, David Copperfield
    • David Thewliss – the Harry Potter films, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Kingdom of Heaven, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, The Big Lebowski, Naked, Life is Sweet
    • Emily Watson – Testament of Youth, Wah-Wah, Equilibrium, Punch-Drunk Love, Gosford Park, Cradle Will Rock, Hilary & Jackie, Breaking the Waves
    • Charlie Cox – Downton Abbey, Stone of Destiny, Stardust, The Merchant of Venice
    • Adam Godley – Case Histories, Merlin, Mad Men, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Nanny McPhee, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Love Actually
  • Why? Recommended by YW. Eddie Redmayne. Hawking himself.
  • Seen: 5 September 2015 

      Of course Eddie Redmayne got an Oscar. How could he not? He is terrific.
The film concentrates on Stephen and Jane Hawking’s private life. We see little of his sensational world fame, his brilliance, or the incredible amount of travelling and lecturing he has done, sometimes with Jane’s help, sometime with the help of his students and colleagues and others. A pity, because it’s beyond incredible what Stephen Hawking has accomplished.
The film is quite heart-breaking at times and it’s fascinating to get a glimpse into the life of one of the most famous people of our time.  In the end it’s heart-warming and inspirational.
So many clichés. Sorry. But that’s the kind of film it is. Maybe it’s the kind of life it is. But the film does gloss over the tremendous complexities of the situation and the emotions involved.
It’s a fine effort. For Eddie Redmayne – 5 * of 5. For the film:

3 ½ * of 5

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