"It gives us a powerful and emotional look into the mind and life of Stephen Hawking and proves that if there is life, then there is most definitely hope".
The Theory of Everything (2014)
The Theory of Everything follows the incredible story of Professor Stephen Hawking, who at the young age of 21 was diagnosed with Motor Neurones Disease. The story follows Stephen's journey as he falls in love with fellow student Jane and she vows to take care of him but as his disease gets progressively worse Jane struggles to cope under the enormous pressure of caring for Stephen and raising their 3 children. Stephen does not allow his disease to control him and he breaks incredible new grounds in medicine and science and with Jane by his side, he achieves more than he could have ever imagined.
The Theory of Everything is a remarkable and intimate tale of Stephen Hawking's life, it allows us to gain an insight in to his marriage, his illness and his work through an incredible portrayal by Eddie Redmayne. Felicity Jones (Jane Hawking) and Eddie Redmayne (Stephen Hawking) are an absolute marvel to watch; their portrayal of these character's are sensitive, realistic and show unimaginable talent. Redmayne is able to show each stage of Hawking's disease with grace and respect and I have nothing but praise for him.
The story doesn't focus on Hawking's theories in particular but more on the man behind the mask, who he was and who he is now. The Theory of Everything allows the public to break down the barrier and take a real look at who Stephen Hawking actually is.
The only fault with the film is that it seems slightly sugar-coated; the love story between Stephen and Jane is magical to watch but it doesn't quite seem believable. There are no arguments, no jealousy on either side and the split seems a little too friendly but this may be to avoid the film from focusing too much on the relationship and the difficulties they faced as a couple.
Overall I found myself incredible moved by The Theory of Everything, it gives us a powerful and emotional look into the mind and life of Stephen Hawking and proves that if there is life, then there is most definitely hope.