IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Director: James Marsh
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicicty Jones and more.
Part biopic, part love story. The Theory Of Everything is a beautiful film in it’s own right, not to mention the chemistry and strength of the leads. I cannot have imagined a better person portraying Stephen Hawking , I guess that is exactly why Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actress Award during the 2015 Osccars.
The film basically revolves around the life of Stephen Hawking depicting his life starting from his student years towards the time when he gained recognition and popularity (later on in the film). The main conflict arises when Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease also known as the Lou Gehrig’s disease. Not intending to give out too much spoilers, his 2 years life expectancy has driven him to dedicate his remaining time to prove his “theory pf everything” but you can expect Felicity Jones character being the person to drive Hawking forward and help him achieved everything that he has achieved in life.
I can say hands down that Redmayne’s performance was undoubtedly one of the best that we have seen that year, mind you I have been a fan of his ever since Les Miserables but a character that I really admire is Jane Wilde (Jane Hawking). In the film, I learned that love itself is insufficient to keep a relationship going but dedication and perseverance is essential in making a marriage last. In my most honest opinion, even thinking about the possibility of marrying a person with a two year life expectancy will send me running to the hills but the amount of commitment Wilde has put into the marriage was certainly moving.
Even though Hawking’s and Wilde’s marriage ended with a divorce, they certainly had had great years together. Alas, they ended their marriage on good terms and remained friends as evident in a scene when Hawking invited Jane to meet the Queen with him. When they have a subtle meeting in the courtyard with their children running around, Hawking joyfully exclaims: “look at we have made!”.
At first I was a tad disappointed when I learned that Hawking and Wilde separated but looking back on it, I have come to the realization that marriage ending with a divorce does not necessarily means that it is an unhappy marriage but rather a lesson of moving on from past relationships to a journey of self discovery and new adventures.
All in all, those -except for family- who love you today may not love you for who you are tomorrow. Thus, it is important for us to cherish people that we know would be the rock we need in times of adversities and hardships.
As always, thank you for reading.