“The Theory of Everything” will have you mesmerized
You may recognize Eddie Redmayne from his breakout role as Marius in 2012’s blockbuster “Les Misérables.” Well, the talented English actor has been turning heads yet again for his role as Stephen Hawking in 2014’s romantic dramatic biopic, “The Theory of Everything,” which co-stars Felicity Jones from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” as Hawking’s first wife, Jane.
Adapted from Jane’s memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” the James Marsh-directed film opens with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University as he enters a relationship with Jane Wilde and struggles to develop his thesis. Hawking settles on black holes in relation to the creation of the universe.
However, as Hawking continues his research, he begins to notice his muscles failing. He is diagnosed with early onset motor neuron disease, and his prognosis is a bleak one: two years, at the end of which he will no longer be able to speak, swallow or even move most of his body. This crushing blow leads Hawking to become hermetic and focused on his work, but Jane injects some positivity into Hawking’s life by confessing her love for him. They get married and have a son.
The rest of the film chronicles the progress of the couple’s marriage, including another two children, the progress of Hawking’s research into black holes and his eventual recognition as a world-renowned physicist and, most devastatingly, the progress of Hawking’s disease.
The two leads, as well as the film’s soundtrack and direction, have been showered with praise and award nominations for their real portrayals, with Eddie Redmayne winning the Best Actor Academy Award for his role. Both Stephen and Jane Hawking have responded positively to the film, despite the historical liberties taken.
As well as its overwhelming success in the awards circuit and the box office, the film garnered positive approval amongst both critics and moviegoers alike, earning a moderately high 7.8/10 stars on IMDb and a 79 percent critic approval rating and 84 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But don’t just take their word for it. Go to the Janet Leigh Theatre Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. to witness everything powerful about “The Theory of Everything.”
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