Containing everything from the emotional struggles of Stephen Hawking to the most [stereotypically] English thing ever said, The Theory of Everything is an outstanding film that will leave
Containing everything from the emotional struggles of Stephen Hawking to the most [stereotypically] English thing ever said, The Theory of Everything is an outstanding film that will leave viewers speechless.
What would you do if you were told that you would only live for two more years? In 1963, at the age of 21, Stephen Hawking had to face this problem when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, later renamed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The diagnosis happened shortly after he came up with a theory on the beginning of time.
The Theory of Everything has several funny moments. For instance, there is a scene where Jane, Stephen’s first wife, is talking to her mother. Jane’s mother: “You should join the church choir. I’ve seen it work miracles.” Jane: “That is the most English thing ever said.” A little later, Jane explains Stephen’s theory to their dinner guest, Jonathan Hellyer, Jane’s church choir conductor. Jane refers to Einstein’s theories as potatoes and to quantum theory as peas, and describes how Einstein does not like peas. Subsequently, Jane states that God must metaphorically die for Stephen to find an equation that explains how the universe expands infinitely in every way, which places God on the endangered list.
One can learn a lot from The Theory of Everything, like the fact that black holes don’t last forever. Or, for instance, that the similarity between white clothes washed with certain detergents and dying stars is that both glow in ultraviolet light.
The actors delivered great performances. Felicity Jones (Jane Hawking) wore the most beautiful dresses. I loved the way she actually made it seem like she treasured Stephen Hawking and was his wife, caring for him and helping him every step of the way. Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking) really looked like Stephen, and made me feel like he was truly trying to survive against all odds. Charlie Cox (Jonathan Hellyer) was memorable, and I could feel his desire to help the Hawkings. It was as if I was there and watching their actual interactions. Although not every scene touched me, the entire story did.
In the end, the most amazing thing about this movie is Stephen Hawking. It is astonishing how someone who can’t dress themselves, speak for themselves, or even walk, is the smartest person on the planet. It is also remarkable how he is still alive, despite all odds. But, most of all, after everything he’s been through, it’s miraculous how Hawking is still able to joke about life. I highly recommend this PG-13 film to everybody eleven and up. The Theory of Everything is coming to theaters November 7th.