The Theory of Everything SPOILER-FREE Review

The Theory of Everything is a film that explores the life of Doctor Stephen Hawking, as he struggles with ALS. When he is first diagnosed, Hawking is told that he has two years left to live. However, Hawking overcomes this and will forever be remembered in the name of physics. While the film focused on Hawking's struggle with the disease, at the core of the movie is a love story between Hawking and his wife, Jane. We see them as young adults who fall in love, to older adults as Stephen's disease continues. 

I have been wanting to see this film ever since I saw the first trailers. Stephen Hawking has always interested me and I thought the movie looked great. But I just never got a chance to actually see it. Now, with the film having five Academy Award nominations, I finally got enough incentive to go out and see it and I am so glad I did. This is a fantastic film.

Eddie Redmayne is simply brilliant as Stephen Hawking. All the little nuances and idiosyncrasies he portrayed on film made you really believe him as Hawking, who even said that while watching the film he sometimes felt like he was watching himself. Redmayne gives probably the best performance I've seen out of 2014, but there are still several Best Actor nominees I have to see. His transformation was brilliant and Redmayne gives a performance of a lifetime. This was a good movie, but it was elevated immensely by Redmayne. There are certain movies where a performance will make or break the film. If the performance is bad or even just okay, the film will fail. The movie entirely hinges on a single performance. The Theory of Everything is one of those movies. It would have failed if not for Redmayne's absolutely brilliant performance. He makes this a great movie.

Felicity Jones also gives a great performance as Stephen's wife, Jane. In a lot of ways, we watch the film through her eyes as she goes through the struggle of having to constantly care for Hawking. She loves him with all her heart, but it's hard for her to have to give up a normal life to aid him. While Redmayne's performance was noticeable because he had to contort his body in such a way, Jones' was a lot more subtle. In many ways, her performance can be overshadowed by Redmayne's brilliance, but she holds her own in the film. She is a lot more subtle about it, relying on only exhales or glances to get across what she's thinking. I think her best acting was when she had the letter table, pictured above. You'll understand why when you see the film.

What The Theory of Everything accomplishes so well is showing you the hardship of one man, and how he overcame it. But it's not just his hardship... it's her's too. You watch this movie and you live with these characters for what feels like years in the theater. You grow to understand them and why they do the things they do. Part of that is the great screenplay and the other part is the fantastic acting. The performances made this film. If they had been sub-par, this movie would have failed. 

Overall, The Theory of Everything is a fantastic movie with unbelievable performances. It gives some of the year's best performances and tells us a very important story in the life of Stephen Hawking. It is a film that brings up so many important questions about love, mortality and time. I highly recommend it.


What do you think? Have you seen The Theory of Everything yet? Did you like it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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