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The Theory Of Everything: A By The Numbers Biopic With Incredible Leads

Theory of EverythingBiopics live and die on the strength of their performances, and fortunately for James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, a telling of the life and loves of Stephen Hawking, the two leads are marvelous. Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending) plays the renowned cosmologist, while Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) plays his wife Jane. It is these transformative performances that are the true strength of the film, and are what elevate this above your standard life-story movie.

Based on her memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking, the focus is on the relationship between Stephen and Jane, both the remarkable ups and notable downs. Those of you looking for more science will be disappointed, but that’s not really the point here. At it’s core, Theory is a romance. You follow the young lovers from their nerdy, awkward meet cute at Oxford in 1963, through their courtship, Stephen’s diagnosis with motor neuron disease, his most groundbreaking work, and through the course of their years together.

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The Theory Of Everything Brought Stephen Hawking To Tears

the theory of everythingWatching a biopic of yourself must be a strange experience. Seeing what is ostensibly your story, played out by actors and actresses, all of whom are much better looking than you are in reality, seeing key events form your life rendered dramatically, that all sounds quite surreal. Do you get sucked up into the story like every other audience member (ideally anyway), or do you sit there mutter “that’s not how it happened” to yourself for two hours? In most of these cases, the subjects in these films are long dead, so this is a moot point, but sometimes they’re still with us, as is the case with the new Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. If you wondered how the renowned physicist responded to this film, the answer is, he was moved to tears.

James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) film recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it earned a ton of praise, specifically for Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending) in the lead role as Hawking. Based on a memoir of the same name by Jane Hawking (played by Felicity Jones), Stephen’s wife, the film depicts the life of the two from their early days at Cambridge through Stephen’s deteriorating health and some of his most important work.

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Eddie Redmayne Channels Stephen Hawking In Trailer For The Theory Of Everything

This is, admittedly, about as far from science fiction as you can realistically get, but any time we get the chance to talk about Stephen Hawking, you better believe we’ll jump at that opportunity. One of the most brilliant, fascinating individuals to ever walk the earth is finally getting his very own feature-length motion picture in the form of the upcoming biopic The Theory of Everything. Release is still a ways off, but Focus Features just debuted this new trailer for you to check out.

Based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, the memoir of Stephen’s wife Jane Hawking, the movie appears to have Oscar-bait written all over it. This is just the kind of underdog, triumph over unimaginable obstacles, real-life human drama that the Academy is probably already drooling over. And while we don’t really give two craps about end of the year awards and all of that nonsense, this does look like a powerful, moving story about a truly remarkable human being.

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