Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Theory of Everything review; A One of a Kind Love Story
Stephen Hawking is undoubtedly the most famous scientist in the world. The work he's done in his field has changed the way people view time and space. While his findings may be too complex for this blogger to truly understand, I can still very much appreciate what he's contributed to the world of science. That being said, before watching The Theory of Everything, I knew nothing about this man. There's a reason biopics are such Oscar favorites; because they tell incredible true stories. This is no different. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Eddie Redmayne received a lot of attention for his work in 2012's Les Misérables. But nothing could have prepared us for his performance here. Redmayne transforms into Hawking; not only does he captured Hawking's speech, but his mannerisms as well. Redmayne plays the character with such a boyish charm, wonderful sense of humor, and quick wit... you can't help but fall in love with him. And as Hawking's debilitating condition worsens throughout the film, our heart breaks for him. From every slip and fall, to every near death experience, we take the journey alongside Redmayne. He's sweeping up every award under the sun, leading up to the big show; and I have no doubt he'll take home the Best Actor Academy Award.
Felicity Jones plays Jane Hawking, Stephen's wife. From everything that I've read, Jane Hawking was not just some trophy wife that Mr. Hawking could flaunt at Cambridge. By all accounts, she was smart, sophisticated and confident. The way Jones carries herself on screen is really hypnotic. You cheer for her successes, down to every smart ass playful remark she has for her husband. And our heart aches for what she endures to try and make the marriage work. Jones is so good in this film; I truly believe this is her story being told. Phenomenal work!
The Writing (The Love Story)
Anthony McCarten wrote a beautiful script, that could easily have gone in a whole different direction. The script could have been all about Professor Hawking and his scientific achievements, but it wasn't. It's about this beautiful couple, that fought the odds for so long, with such a passionate love, that we WANT them to make it. We want them to live happily ever after.
The music in the film told the story. Jóhann Jóhannsson wrote a beautiful score that toyed with every one of my emotions. You know what it felt like? Like a symphony was playing behind a movie with no film score. It was simply... perfect.
Man on Wire (which is being made into a feature film). So the man knows how to tell a story; we should not be surprised at the result of this film. Marsh makes so many great decisions that I must give him credit for. The set design, the costumes, the cinematography; all of these were vital to telling this story. Nicely done by Marsh; I hope we see more of his work in the future.
A One of a Kind Love Story
Ps.. Check out this terrific documentary based on Professor Hawking's life. Click here.