The Theory of Everything Review
The Theory of Stephen Hawking
Powerful yet surprisingly playful, this brief history of Stephen Hawking is an excellent biopic, driven by an accomplished and absorbing lead performance by Eddie Remayne.Taking us back to the days of Stephen Hawking’s very first trembles, which concurrently occurred just as his genius intellect was starting to soar above the best minds at Cambridge, the surprise core of the The Theory of Everything is the added layer of a heart-warming romance, between this supernova physics star and the future love of his life.It’s easy to get wowed – and flummoxed – by his scientific breakthroughs in real life, but here they’re grounded by the portrait of a real man. The insight is enlightening, as we follow him through his early life and love, and the tragedy that threatens to define him. One he fights to overcome, in many ways, so that he can make the scientific word a better place.
Featuring a nuanced and faithful performance by the young Eddie Remayne (almost walking in Daniel Day-Lewis's left footsteps), it’s not long before you are caught up in Hawking’s world, long forgetting the man cast to walk in his cinematic footsteps. Similarly excellent, although understandably overshadowed, is Felicity Jones, who shines as the girl determined to stay with him no matter what.
It’s perhaps no surprise to find that director James Marsh (who has a foundation in historically-accurate fiction and compelling documentaries alike) chose to adapt the book by Jane Hawking as the foundation for this brief history. Surprisingly playful with both colours and light, and emotive in its scoring, the film is both heart-breaking and heart-warming in equal measure
This brief history of Stephen Hawking’s universe is well worth your time.
Whether or not you thought that Michael Keaton was robbed of possibly his only chance at an Oscar, there’s no denying that Eddie Remayne’s award-winning performance is a jaw-dropping highlight in this powerful and compelling drama which looks behind the life - and love - of one of the greatest minds of all time.
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