DVD Review: The Theory Of Everything
The Theory of Everything was adapted from Jane Hawkings memoir ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’ and it follows the relationship between physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane (Felicity Jones) through Hawking’s battle with Motor Neuron Disease. It shows the ups and downs of their marriage as his condition worsens and the temptation of new relationships, while remaining impartial – which surprised me.
Eddie Redmayne’s transformation throughout the film, as the Motor Neuron Disease developed, is phenomenal. By the end of the film he is almost physically unrecognisable as the bright, eager young scientist from his early years at Cambridge University.
Being based on Jane’s memoir and not Stephen’s, ‘A Theory of Everything’ doesn’t really give us a look into the mind of Stephen as he was faced with the debilitating disease and brushes over the actual science he has dedicated his life to. It portrays Stephen as charming and as maintaining his sense of humour throughout their marriage, even at his darkest moments. The film is focused on their relationship rather than the life and achievements of Stephen Hawking, which in my opinion, worked really well.
I went into ‘The Theory of Everything’ half-expecting a melodrama-esque story where ‘love conquers all’. After watching it I found I had some pesky liquid in my eyes wondering how I would overcome such a huge relationship obstacle if I was placed in the same situation.