The Theory of Everything. 2014. PG-13. 123 minutes. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Directed by James Marsh.
Nominated for four Golden Globes, including: Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. [IMDb]
Nicole: In our daily lives, we tend to toss around the word "genius" with frequency...so often, in fact, it tends to lose its true value and meaning. So few people truly deserve the moniker "genius." Stephen Hawking, however, is one who lives up to the definition. That's why I was anxious that's why I was anxious to see The Theory of Everything, as it offers us a glimpse into the private world and mind of a brilliant man.
elizabeth: To me, it sounded like a movie that went beyond equations and science and all that stuff that I will never ever understand even if Hawking was to spell it out to me. What got my attention was the love story between a man and a woman who were about to be dealt such devastating news and yet they were not deterred by it. They built a life together. A great message for all who cower in the corner because their computer is running slow.
Nicole: Eddie Redmayne literally becomes Hawking. And, the transformation is mesmerizing, if difficult to watch. It's a truly remarkable performance, both physically and artistically. And, Felicity Jones, as Jane, is also strong -- though in a completely different way. The two actors are well matched for the journey they must portray and they do so deftly and with elegance.
eizabeth: They were a modern day Tracy and Hepburn. Eddie Redmayne’s performance was flawless. You felt the subtle changes in his body and his eyes brought to life the soul of Stephen Hawking. It was just flawless. Who needs words when an actor can show every motion with just a look or a small smile? Jane’s role played by Felicity Jones was awe inspiring. I am so glad the director let her make Jane as the strong and protective wife of Stephen – she was a force to contend with. Jane handed Stephen his life back and the two did an amazing job in the years that they were married. I was all teary eyed and I am a tad surprised that Nicole did not announce that. I think she called me a “big baby.” Am not.
Nicole: I did. I did indeed say it. It was payback for every time you said it to me -- especially during The Fault in Our Stars (still not over that movie, btw.) I wish only that this film contained a bit more science, but I can forgive the lack thereof for the sake of telling Hawking's little-known early life. Through this movie, he becomes a person -- instead of the icon we revere with such esteem. We see him as he becomes the man we know today -- the man who exceeded everyone's expectations on so many levels.
elizabeth: I would have zoned out if they did any more science in the movie. I think what they had was just enough to hold the viewer’s attention. I knew I was watching brilliant scientists, but I loved the story of the human beings so much more. I agree that Stephen Hawking is a man who loves and feels and did not give into his limitations. He rose above them all. Well done.
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