'The Theory Of Everything' is a biographical film that takes a look at theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his with wife Jane Hawking. Directed by James Marsh, the film stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and sees his beginnings at Cambridge University and follows him as his health deteriorates and his relationship with Jane flourish as they both battle his condition.
Firstly, it is important to note that when going into the cinema to watch this film, one will not be treated to in depth explanations of his theories but rather Hawking's life and his battle with motor neuron disease. Although some of his theories are explained briefly in the film they are not necessary to the plot. The film begins with Stephen attending Cambridge and is simply trying to pass papers and maintain his relationship with Jane, another student whom he meets at a party. However his disease soon begins to catch up with him and his life becomes a constant struggle not only for himself but also for those closest to him.
The best aspect of the film is that of Eddie Redmayne's unbelievable performance. The film doesn't just jump from when Hawking was a healthy student to an immobile professor. Instead the film follows him as he slowly begins to lose control of various parts of his body and Redmayne does a terrific job at depicting such a debilitating disease. If one looks closely at the beginning of the film one can see Redmayne's fingers slowly beginning to look more and more awkward and it is these subtle features that all contribute to an otherwise incredible performance. In other words, someone will be looking forward to an Oscar Nomination. Felicity Jones was brilliant in the film as Jane Hawking as she plays the part with determination as it sees her simply trying to live a life with Stephen's inability to do even the simplest of tasks such as dressing himself.
The cinematography in the film was brilliant with vibrant colours and an amazing use of lighting to give the film an almost starry look to match that of Stephen's outlook on life. The film is filled with incredible warmth and love as there are no 'bad guys' in the movie. These are simply people who are stuck in an unfortunate situation and so one is filled with a sense of empowerment as we witness a man who was given only two years to live, carry on past that and become one of the greatest minds alive today.
Overall, with outstanding performances from the entire cast and especially that of Redmayne as it is his best performance to date. One can even match it to that of Daniel Day-Lewis' performance in 'My Left Foot'. With wonderful cinematography, an excellent script, and a touching story to pull the strings of the heart, I give 'The Theory of Everything' a 5 out of 5.