Director: James Marsh
Screenplay: Anthony McCartnen
Role play: Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawkings
Awards & Recognitions: Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Score
Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama
David Thewlis as Dennis Sciame
Based on Jane Hawkings’ memoir – Travelling to infinity: My life with Stephen.
James Marsh’s biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who is hired to care for him.
Redmayne is first seen as Hawking in 1963, when the young English scientist is at Cambridge. At a dance, he meets the lovely Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). She is demure, while he is soft-spoken and brash. The good thing is Marsh (“Man of Wire”, “Shadow Dancer”) doesn’t try to blatantly underline the struggle of hawking with his eroding body because of motor neuron disability or the sacrifices that Jane made to keep the family going. Redmayne (“Less Miserables”, “The Good Shepherd”) is startling authentic and seems as If he is tailor-made for Stephen’s role. The movie is more about Stephen and his struggling wife as they face unresolved contradictions (God vs. Science) and separate. While some talk about the conventionality of the movie, not covering Stephen’s genius but it is not starchy to expect more of Stephen’s life since the movie is based on Jane’s memoir which talks more about their relation. David Thewlis’ role as Hawkings’ mentor is impressive while rests of the caste are simply fillers to generate awe for the principal characters. Jane as the kind, caring, but ultimately frustrated wife is a revelation guiding the audience to understand her character and the difficulties she had to endure as Hawkings’ partner.
I liked that part most when the film is played backwards trying to expound the verge of limitless boundaries.
If you are looking for standout acting and want to watch the other side of Hawking, this movie is a must watch. Running in theatres now.