As his esteem grows in the world of physics, Stephen Hawking’s body is ravaged by ALS, forcing his increasing dependence on his devoted wife, Jane.
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‘The Theory of Everything’ is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.
With brilliant acting from both Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane you believe what you are seeing as Stephen’s body deteriorates in front of your eyes, and the struggles that this causes for Jane. ‘The Theory of Everything’ is a heartwarming tale of how life changes dramatically with a diagnosis of a life limiting illness, and also how in a loving relationship people can grow apart or need more from each other than it is possible to give but still in a way love each other. Whilst this film is in part a work of fiction, it was adapted from a book written by Jane called : “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”, this makes the film more realistic than most biographical films that you may see.
Eddie Redmayne spent time with ALS sufferers before the making of ‘The Theory Of Everything’ with Stephen Hawking himself commenting “At times, I thought he was me. Seeing the film has given me the opportunity to reflect on my life. Although I’m severely disabled, I have been successful in my scientific work. I travel widely and have been to Antarctica and Easter Island, down in a submarine and up on a zero gravity flight. One day I hope to go into space.” It is also worth noting that it was actually Stephen’s voice synthesiser that was used for the speech after Stephen granted them permission for it’s use.
Overall this was a pleasant film to watch with a humorous, yet serious, storyline and I would recommend it whether you have an interest in Hawking and theoretical physics or not.
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