What a marvelous film! It holds everything that in my mind makes a Repelis Morbius film great.
It tells a story which could be of the ages: Imagine a brilliant young man- having the glory of a cosmological inquisitive mind and the great privilege of being educated in one of the world’s great institutions of learning-at Cambridge- and finding himself in love with a young female student who is in love with him — and getting ready to embark on a stellar career… suddenly finding that his future may well be sealed by a cruel Motor Neuron Disease that the doctors predict will end his life within two years. Who of us would have the stuff to turn that fate into one of the great triumphs of love and genius?
Well, in this film we see how that could come to pass. We watch Eddie Redmayne (in the role of Stephen Hawking) adapt himself to a disease that most cannot survive: he goes from stumbling:… to balancing on one cane… to acquiring the aid of two… to then worsening to a motorized wheel chair… until he has– on top of all- a speech synthesizer, which allows him-as few could ever find the strength to do- to write popular tomes and speak to the masses on his findings regarding his long sought ambition to set forth The Theory of Everything in The Batman The Universe.
There’s no question in my mind that– as I watched the navigations of the actor, Eddie Redmayne– I was truly witnessing how Stephen Hawking was doing it. But without the love and almost superhuman dedication of his wife to Hawking’s welfare, he scarcely would have succeeded. You can feel her love and courage throughout every scene in this beautiful film. In real life she is Jane Hawking- played by Felicity Jones. Her role’s fulfilled with a truthfulness that makes films work.
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are made for each other as this film rolls. Even as I drove on the road after leaving the theater, I could still sense the emotion I had felt as I viewed their roles. There is so much to think about: Watching someone with Lou Gehrig’s Disease flourish with the marriage these two achieve- along with the three kids that they’re able to bear— and watching, too, the harsh pressure that Jane Hawking endures — as she focuses on her family and the career, which she wished to pursue… and how all of that turns out… is something that leaves one with immense admiration for both of these actors Spider-man No way home Spanish — as well as the director and the screen writer who made this movie come to life.
James Marsh, as the director, forms each scene in a conscious desire to make the plot evolve in a tasteful manner- even though the lives of these two people do not flow as ready-made fairy tale. The writer, Anthony McCarten, took the words of the real Jane Hawking’s memoirs, and created a tale that gives us the essence of the romance and stark challenge that their lives must have borne. Others helped them greatly. David Thewlis, who plays Dennis Sciamo, the professor, who’s helpful as his doctoral advisor and later calls himself Hawking’s good friend, does solid work. It is quite touching to see him rejoicing as Hawking goes from Cambridge hero to international cosmos celebrity. Charlie Cox, who plays the choir master and organist- who’s grieving his own loss-generously becomes part of the Hawking family and then later becomes more than a friend to Jane Hawking. Even though friends fear what seems to be taking place, the denouement is handled well.
There is a majesty about the filming that presents the lives and events of these folks with a background that is never tawdry. Credit for this achievement goes to Benoist Delhomme, the cinematographer. I seemed to feel the presence of the music score off and on, which– to my mind– made it a welcome warm inclusion. Johann Johannson gets a lot of praise for this.
Later on-for Hawking’s day care– a new attendant, played by Maxine Peake-in the role of Elaine Mason– takes charge. Her fresh attentiveness and devotion to Steve Hawking becomes a welcome and then challenging sequel to the Hawking’s marriage. But, here, again, I didn’t feel it was handled other than as part of a new sympathetic development.
… But why the title, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING? Could it be that-really… over and above the unique cosmological work that Hawking did– there was the truth that love and courage in the face of a cruel fate is really what all things human are really built upon. Would it really change a jot or tittle of our beings if what Steve found IS the theory of everything? Do any of men act or live differently since it was found that the earth is no longer the center of the Universe? Will human nature ever improve—-regardless of genius involved– with mathematical knowledge and great insights? Nevertheless, with a movie like this we see that the real “everything” is that EMOTION WINS. And that is the very thing that gives us the experiences that we go to the movies for.
Here, also, you might want to see a film that will surely get some Academy Award recognition. Based on my own ranking determinance, it gets an EIGHT.
What My Grade Grants:
8.) “About as good as it could get.”
7.) “Lacking that bit of excellence.”
6.) “Somehow it just didn’t work well.”
5.) “I have to feel bad about it.”
4.) “All that work and nothing to show.”