The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

James Marsh (2015)

118min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Eddie Redmayne justifiably won an Oscar for this biopic, giving an amazing bodily and facial transformation as cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who fought to prove his big-bang theory as his body succumbed to motor neurone disease. However, the key to the film's success is Felicity Jones's understated performance as his first wife, Jane, as she crucially provides a way in to Hawking's often impenetrable world of academic brilliance. Director James Marsh's film foregrounds Stephen and Jane's relationship, spanning young love, family life, and eventual divorce. Key moments are captured along the way, including Stephen's diagnosis, the friction when Jane befriends widower Jonathan Hellyer Jones (Charlie Cox), and the decisive instant when nurse Elaine Mason (Maxine Peake) takes control. Based on Jane's memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, this is a grandly photogenic work that offers much crossover with the 2004 BBC TV film Hawking starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Summary

Biopic of Stephen Hawking, exploring the renowned astrophysicist's romance with future wife Jane during their time at university in the 1960s and his initial diagnosis with motor neurone disease, which doctors believed would lead to his death within two years. Undaunted by deteriorating health, he continued his groundbreaking research into the origins of the universe. Starring an Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne, with Felicity Jones and David Thewlis.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Hawking Eddie Redmayne
Jane Hawking Felicity Jones
Jonathan Hellyer Jones Charlie Cox
Beryl Wilde Emily Watson
Frank Hawking Simon McBurney
Dennis Sciama David Thewlis
Elaine Mason Maxine Peake
Brian Harry Lloyd
Director James Marsh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Jan 2015
Drama