It’s been a good year for non-blockbuster movies, even the occasional lulls (Foxcatcher) this year has proved to be impressive, but up there with “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman,” and “Whiplash,” stands “The Theory of Everything” it was one of the first movies I seen when it came out and I enjoy it still today. In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this — and with Jane at his side — he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. Both Redmayne and Jones are phenomenal in their respective roles for wildly different reasons, Jones portrays the love that Jane had for Stephen early on and throughout his terrible disease, but she also conveys the terrible burden it was for her to deal with that life. Redmayne has one of the most difficult acting jobs ever in going through the disease the afflicted Hawking at a young age.
It’s truly sad watching and waiting for the disease to come, even though your waiting for the other shoe to drop Eddie Redmayne conveys a truly loveable science nerd, not only is he portraying hawking with a motor neuron disease, he has to portray the stages throughout his life that slowly went from him walking slowly to his eventual wheel chair bound lifestyle. Even during the scenes when Redmayne can’t talk or move he shows so much love and affection for his wife and kids and his passion for science. I have never seen Eddie Redmayne in anything before and his performance blew me away.
The relationship story plays out in a sad and understandable way, you can’t blame either person for the way things come to an end and neither do the characters, it eventually becomes too much for both of them even though they love each other very much, and the final scene of the movie conveys the enormous love they had and still have for each other in a subtle way. But on the uplifting side of things one of the final scenes involving the classroom he gives is a combination of inspirational and a true testament to what people can accomplish. i would defiantly recommend the movie, it has some great moments of romance but also some wonderful moments of science and intrigue.