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Movie Review – The Theory Of Everything

The Theory Of Everything

 Directed by: James Marsh (Man on Wire [2008], Project Nim [2011])

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox

In just two hours,The Theory of Everything provides the audience with an excellent glimpse into the life of world-renowned physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne.

The film follows Stephen Hawking’s pursuit of finding one equation that could be applied to all the physical aspects of the universe – otherwise known as the Theory of Everything. It begins with Hawking’s effort to receive his doctorate at Cambridge University and the unfolding romance between him and his wife, Jane Wilde, played by Felicity Jones.

But the film quickly turns to how Hawking is affected by his diagnosis of motor neuron disease. From there, we watch him both excel in his academics and theoretical work, while watching him fail to hold on to the active life he had once had.

Time, or the concept of time, felt like its own character in this film, more so than we see in other films. Time is something that is both explored by Stephen Hawking academically, but also feels like time is Hawking’s biggest enemy, with each passing moment providing its own new challenge.

As you watch Hawking’s condition deteriorate on screen, it feels as though your heart slowly deteriorates as well. There was such a stark contrast between the incredibly lively man at the start of the film and the physically limited man who was left at the end of it. For this reason, the film was at times difficult to watch, especially so when you remember that these are the trials and tribulations of a real person.

Eddie Redmayne’s performance is to be truly commended. Redmayne captured perfectly the humour and defiance of the English theoretical physicist. His performance was captivating and the Oscar buzz for Redmayne is entirely justified.

This film is one of human struggle, possibility, endurance and love. It’s a testament to how much loss, growth and change can happen in one lifetime. It is impossible to watch the film and to not feel inspired by its message of daring to defy all odds.

Rating: 7/10

Review By Ashley Alasagas

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