By Marisa Marquez
“The Theory of Everything,” directed by James Marsh, follows the story of Stephen Hawking through his struggle with ALS, his love life and his discoveries.
Typically, when one hears the name Stephen Hawking, one does not think of a bright, young college student seeking to change the world. Instead, what comes to mind is a brilliant man disabled by a devastating illness. However, has anyone ever wondered what harsh trials and great barriers Hawking had to overcome to get to where he is now? The theoretical physicist is well known for his brilliance, and hardships have molded him into the man he is now.
The movie begins in England in 1963, where Hawking, portrayed by “Les Miserables” actor Eddie Redmayne, is still in college. The story shows a different side of Hawking, which is the exact intention of the film.
Redmayne was one of the few great elements of the film. He went above and beyond in the role, as he gave the notable twinkle in Hawking’s eye with every sly remark.
In one scene, Hawking plays croquet, but his illness proves to be a struggle when he tries to run and hit the ball. The movie makes clear how hard he tries to do simple tasks, and it hurts to watch. The struggles that Redmayne endures pull at your emotions.
Alongside Redmayne, actress Felicity Jones plays the college sweetheart and Hawking’s wife. She complemented Redmayne well as the two shared great chemistry and created a believable relationship. The two come together seamlessly in portraying the “opposites attract” trope.
Despite the wonderful acting, this movie clearly lacked a plot line. “The Theory of Everything” was a scattered puzzle with pieces of a college romance and a genius’s discoveries.
Hawking made huge contributions to the world of science, but the film barely touched upon his discoveries. Rather, they focused on the drama of the Hawking household. The picture constantly transitioned between Hawking’s work and his family.
At times, the movie’s subject seems difficult to discern: at one moment it’s about his theorems, but in another it seems to focus on a love story.
Rather then giving the best of both worlds of science and romance, Marsh should have picked a main focus in order to further the story, as the plot line was murky and lacked any true climax or resolution. All in all, the three star-rating is credited only to the actors who were able to salvage the script, due to their great depiction of the Hawking family.
“The Theory of Everything” is showing in select theaters for a limited time. The film is rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material.
Courtesy Universal Pictures International
The Theory of Everything
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