The Theory of Everything
It is said that art imitates life. It is also said that the opposite is true… I’m trying to figure out which expression is more appropriate to explain this film. The Theory of Everything is the true story based on the book written by Jane Hawking, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen.”
For those who don’t know, Stephen Hawking is a world-renowned cosmologist whose theories have turned the scientific community on its head for the last fifty years. While attending university, he was diagnosed with Lou Gherig’s Disease (also known as motor neuron disease or ALS.)
Eddie Redmayne gave the performance of a lifetime and I expect him to win the Oscar for his role as Dr. Hawking. Redmayne’s resemblance to Dr. Hawking is uncanny. Moreover, he was able to show Hawking’s personality, sense of humor, and the brutal metamorphosis of how the disease affected him in a raw and unapologetic way.
Felicity Jones also gives a stellar performance and could win best actress. Her ability to show her character’s devotion, strength, and suffering throughout the timeline of the film is, at times, heartbreaking. The chemistry on screen between her and Redmayne is also obvious with adorable moments sprinkled throughout every stage of Hawking’s deterioration.
The film is also nominated for Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture! Simply put, The Theory of Everything is a beautiful and powerful film driven masterfully by its main actors in a way that will transport you into their lives and hardships. I highly recommend it as one of the best character-driven films I’ve seen in a long time.