The Theory of Everything revolves around Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) as a young man, pursuing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in the early 1960s. There, he meets Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) a literature student at a party, and even thou they are miles apart in terms of faith vs science beliefs they seem to form a very strong chemistry that ignites the flame to the start of their romantic relationship.
Not long after they start seeing one another Stephen collapses within the university compound and is diagnosed with motor neuron disease and is given a life span of only two years to live. Jane takes this as a sign to further strengthen their relationship and make the most of the time they have left and decide to get married and start a family. With Stephens mind fully active trapped within a body that is losing function with every passing week, he is still making ground breaking research in his subject of theoretical physics and the study of time.
The Theory of Everything was advertised as the more romantic side of Stephen’s life rather than his academic achievements but the film strikes a fine balance between the two, the movie is captivating and when watching Eddie playing Stephen you forget you are even watching a man acting the part, throughout the duration of the movie I could of just as well of been watching a documentary about Stephen Hawking, the performance was that convincing. Heart breaking but equally inordinately inspiring, The Theory of Everything is by far one of the best overall acting displays I’ve seen in the last decade.
With source material taken straight from Jane’s non-fiction book “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”, the narrative becomes laser guided and driven from start to finish. The movie provides a thought provoking look into human nature and the power to over-come objects in any shape or form to achieve that true success and greatness. The Theory of Everything is a perfect portrayal displaying one of the greatest minds of our generation.
Without Eddie and the rest of the cast ensemble I feel the movie would have fallen flat, the cast propped up the story, allowing each segment to transition smoothly and professionally. Rather than focusing on just the lives of Stephen and Jane the movie projects a wider outlook on life in general and examines very universal issues that we face on a day to day basis.
One of the best movie’s I have seen for quite some time and Eddie’s Oscar win was truly, truly deserved.