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The Theory of Everything

~Tuesday~  Bob and I caught the 7:00 screening of The Theory of Everything, for which Eddie Redmayne won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, and an Oscar-nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, whose winner is yet to be decided.

We saw it at the Colony Theater, and we were the only two people in the audience, which made me wonder if a movie theater has to show a movie anyway if no one is in the audience. I supposed it has to at least start it, in case anyone comes in late.

The synopsis

In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones).

At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this—and with Jane at his side—he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor.

He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.

The trailer

My thoughts and observations

  • I very much enjoyed this film.

  • Themes touched on:
    • Time, and how contextually relative it is
    • Love and attraction—mentally and physically
    • Caregiving
    • Relationship sustainability
    • Assumptions about diseases and the diseased
    • Brilliance, academia, recognition, and perseverance
    • The timeless conflict between God and science
    • Technology's role in rehabilitation and re-integration into society
  • I'm sure it must have been exhausting for Eddie Redmayne to play this role.

  • I found myself thinking about the recent announcement by a longtime local TV news anchor, Larry Stogner, that he has ALS.

  • The actor who played Hawking's professor and mentor reminded me of someone for a good portion of the movie, and I was relieved when it finally occurred to me who it was.

  • I thought Charlie Cox, playing Jonathan Hellyer Jones, was beautiful—inside and out.

  • I was absolutely stunned at the end to learn that Stephen Hawking is still alive. Obviously, I didn't do any reading up on him before the film.

  • Overall, two thumbs up, and I recommend it—if you go for this sort of movie. YMMV, of course.

Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it?
Note: Comments may contain spoilers. You might want to skip them if you haven't seen the movie and worry about that sort of thing.



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Feb. 4th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
The Theory of Everything
This movie was a wonderful reminder of how truly small we are in the universe... yet our minds are powerful enough to recognize and study concepts greater than ourselves.
The perseverance of Hawkins- the will to keep living and keep working and putting out there as much as he can while alive was inspiring.
I commiserated with his wife, who really only "signed up" to take care of him for what should have been his last few months... and it turned into years. Her optimism and brave face touched me- as I have tried to do the same with a marriage that was not meant to last. To see her finally allowing herself to be released from the duties of being a wife, to finally enjoy the company of a man who can truly embrace her and kiss her and truly be a partner in life was amazing. She had taken on so much and carried not only her husband but also their 3 kids as her responsibilities... to see her finally claiming time to study and achieve HER goal... was confirming that MY choice to do the same was not selfish.

Overall- this was a sweet story. Yes- there were tough times portrayed, but mostly they made the best of everything. They still stayed friends after their divorce and that is how my marriage ended... so it was reassuring to see that it CAN happen.
Feb. 4th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: The Theory of Everything
Thanks for sharing your perspective.
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