Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Director: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Maxine Peake, Charlie Cox, Harry Lloyd, Emily Watson, Guy Oliver-Watts, Simon McBurney, Abigail Cruttenden, David Thewlis, Christian McKay

While studying cosmology at Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) attends a small party where he meets fellow student Jane Wilde (Jones). Thus begins the romantic and tragic tale of their relationship, scouring through Hawking's continued research over the theory of relativity, his diagnosis of motor neurone disease leaving him in his iconic state and Jane's continuing battles within the relationship after her encounters with the church choir leader Jonathan (Cox).

Placid, predictable in the extreme adaptation of Jane Wilde Hawking's autobiography Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen holds no exciting revelations and no insight that we couldn't otherwise learn from other formats. What's interesting is the little exposure Hawking's affair with nurse Elaine - played by Peake - is given yet so much is made about her relationship with Jonathan.

Redmayne's psychical transformation is astonishing and his comparison to the real Hawking is amazing; the real Hawking also provided his computerised voice. Jones offers nothing outstanding while there are some wonderful supporting roles from Thewlis and McKay as Hawking's professors and McBurney. Why Watson is continually taking on backseat roles I don't know. Does the job, but it's pretty plain even for its own sake.


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