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The Theory of Everything ★★★★

Director: James Marsh

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Charlie Cox, Harry Lloyd

This is a tale of a man with an extraordinary brain, overcoming odds.  Based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking”, “The Theory of Everything” tells the story of the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane Hawking.  It tells the story of how they met at Cambridge and fell in love.  But when he finds out he has Motor Neuron Disease and he has two years to live, it changes their lives forever.  Despite getting married and having three children, their relationship is put to the test when his ability to walk and talk diminishes over time, helped even less by the fact he is an atheist and her a church goer .

Eddie Redmayne is brilliant as Stephen Hawking.  He mimics his characteristics well and portrays the effects of the disease well.  You can see the emotion in his face.  He mimics all of Stephen Hawking’s movements to perfection.  Eddie Redmayne puts in such a performance giving him a good chance of winning the Oscar for best actor.  Felicity Jones also puts in a good performance as Jane Hawking, her struggles and her determination to go to any lengths to ensure Stephen Hawking lives.  You can really feel the compromises she has had to make and see the effects it has had on her.

The film touches upon his work and his rise to fame.  But first and foremost it concentrates on the relationship between them both and their lives together.  This is an extraordinary tale that is both sad and touching with some extraordinary performances by all the cast.

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