Last week I decided to do a new series called “Music Monday”. A little while after I posted the first post, I started watching the movie called ‘The Theory Of Everything’, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. After watching it I thought to myself: wow, I should write a review about this. And since the word movie starts with a M as well, it suddenly popped into my head: I am going to divide the mondays into a music and movie section, what do you think? This way there is a little more diversity, isn’t there? Now, without further do, let’s dive into the review (‘oh my gawd, that rymes!’).
Side note: not every movie post is going to be a review about (just) one movie. I am going to write about a lot of different aspects that are related to the filmindustry in some way, so that it won’t get boring so easily 😉 (same goes for music by the way).
Storyline from IMDb: The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen’s body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives. (Written by Spencer Higham)
The first part of the movie makes you get to know the young student Stephen Hawking, an utterly smart physicist with a good sense of humour; what a cutie. He meets a girl at a party, Jane Wilde, and they immediately have a connection. I can already assure you now that watching them fall in love was the most fun, nice and loveliest part in the whole movie. Not to spoil anything, but the scenes where all so beautiful and ashtonishing, almost too good to be true (which was indeed the truth). Not that the rest sucks, not at all! Please keep reading, haha.
One day, after Stephen had just solved the theory of, well, basically everything, but especially about time and black holes (I’m sorry, I can’t really describe it that well, just watch the movie to understand this, okay?), he trips over his own feet. He gets tested and they find out that he has got ALS, a disease where in a short amount of years parts of his body will paralyse. He won’t even be able to eat and breath at some point, so he has not long to live. However, there is one ‘glimpse of light’: his brain won’t be affected. You watch Jane and Stephen develop as adults really quickly, creating their own family and settling theirselves in their own home while you also watch Stephen’s body-restrictions grow bigger and bigger. Though the last quarter of the movie is less ‘exciting’ than the first part, the impact, empathy and emotions get greater and greater. Eddie Redmayne is so talented, you don’t even notice one second that all of Hawkings’ illness is faked and unreal. He plays the role perfectly and I can’t imagine someone else doing this better than he did. But I also have to give some credits to Felicity Jones, because playing Jane musn’t have been easy too. Her emotions are so pure and real, every single thing she does seems exactly how it should be done. She’s just so effortlesly adaptable and attached to her role, something you don’t see that quite often with actresses nowadays.
I absolutely loved this movie and I think I will remember it forever (and at least watch five times more). I am so amazed by Stephen Hawking’s genius thoughts and I look a lot up to Jane Hawking for being such a strong woman. She (literally) carried him everywhere they went, helped him with every simple thing a human daily does such as eating and changing clothes whilst also raising three children, running the household and god knows what more. That is literally one of the hardest jobs in life, and although she could of have left, she stayed with him untill the end of his life. Respect.