Friday, April 3, 2015

Theory of Everything (2014)

Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones plays his wife Jane in this look at the life and love of the couple which is based upon Jane's autobiography.

The film covers the Hawkings years together from their meeting up to just before their separation. Its a wonderful story of love and life going sideways as Hawkings are forced to face Stephen's illness and all that it brought.

The film is a loving portrait of the couple that doesn't shy away from showing the trouble that Stephen's illness causes.  The film is a kind of big warm hug of a film that results in several moments of deep emotion. I especially dare you not to get weepy in the final moments of the film.

That the film works as well as it does is do largely to the cast, especially Eddie Redmayne. If we didn't buy him the film wouldn't work as well as it does. Frankly Redmayne's performance is so good that he over comes any missteps of the film to make them something special. The moment where Hawking imagines standing and picking up a pen shouldn't work, but Redmayne handles it beautifully and brings a tear to your eye.

Actually Redmayne's unwinding of his body is the point where I knew he deserved the Oscar.

As for the film it's a very good film. Its the moving story of a couple dealing with their life together and not so much about the things that one of them achieved.

This is one of the few films from last year that deserved all of the love thrown it's way. See it.

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