The Theory of Everything has to be one of the best films you’re going to see in a long while. The film is based on Jane Hawking’s book ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’ and what an extraordinary story about an extraordinary couple.
Set in the early ‘60’s they meet as students at Cambridge University. We get an insight into Stephen’s humour, his friends and enjoy watching his and Jane’s relationship develop. And then he is diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease and just two years to live. The strength of both of their characters is phenomenal. They marry; have three children, and all whilst Jane still studies too. We see how she nurses and supports him as his disease takes over, and throughout the film you sense a real balance between Stephen’s humour and Jane’s strength. A real insight into the people they are.
It’s not so much a film about struggle more about overcoming the enormous obstacles that they both dealt with. You come away with the feeling of such awe and admiration for them and their lives.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones play the leading roles with due care and attention. Watching Stephen’s disease take hold through Eddie’s performance is just remarkable, as is Felicity’s Jane Hawking.
The Theory of Everything is a beautiful film. Go see it, very inspiring and has probably the most impressive performances you will see this year.